Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries
Lady apples, often used in Christmas decorations, date back to the 1500s in Brittany, France. Orchard manager Ezekiel Goodband says women in the Renaissance would tuck them into their bosom and bite into them to freshen their breath. The DNA of these heirloom apples has been passed down over hundreds of years, and Goodband is one link in that chain.
Rubinette Apple. The sweetly tart flavor of Rubinette, a cross between Golden Delicious and Cox’ Orange Pippen, will please fans of Cox crosses. Loads of incredibly delicious, small-medium, attractive apples, golden with red stripes, ripen in early October. The patented scab and mildew resistant Swiss cultivar is a favorite of organic growers in Europe, where it is grown commercially. Planted 2007. Source: Raintree.