Sunday, September 16, 2012

An Apple for the New Year

"Why do we need so many kinds of apples? Because there are so many folks. A person has a right to gratify his legitimate taste. If he wants twenty or forty kinds of apples for his personal use…he should be accorded the privilege. There is merit in variety itself. It provides more contact with life, and leads away from uniformity and monotony." -- Liberty Hyde Baily

In the spirit of the Jewish New Year, some apple facts:
  • Origins: Khazakistan (Thanks Borat!) and surrounnding regions in Central Asia
  • # of genes (in Golden delicious): 57,000 (more than any other plant so far)
  • First eaten by: Eve
  • # of cultivars: 7,500
  • amount grown in 2010: 60 million tonnes
  • Largest grower: China
  • Largest grower in US: Washington

And lastly, for those going to a Rosh Hashana meal, here is the proper way to dip an apple in honey: