September 2016: Apples


Now as I was young and easy under the
apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as
the grass was green.
—Dylan Thomas


The first hint of fall is in the air, and the earliest apples are ripe for picking. The Red Delicious is an apple that has dominated American grocery stores for decades, but fresh flavors, bright colors, and surprising textures abound in some of the lesser known varieties that are ready for harvest during this first month of fall. The whimsically named Chestnut Crab, Hubbardston Nonesuch, or King of the Pippins may bring a change from the familiar flavors of well-known apples. For history of the fruit, advice on purchasing produce, or growing your own, consult these Sterling Morton Library materials.


“The flavors of these apples ran the gamut, from lemon tart to pumpkin sweet, with lots of citrus, pineapple, and spice notes to bolster that classic apple scent. The shapes and colors were equally diverse. The Black Oxford looked like a plum. The Knobbed Russet looked like the love child of an apple and a toad. The sheepnose looked like… well, you guessed it.” Rowan Jacobsen, Apples of Uncommon Character, page 2.

Library Resources

Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen

Better Known as Johnny Appleseed by Mabel Leigh Hunt

Fruit Trees in Small Spaces : Abundant Harvests from Your Own Backyard by Colby Eierman

Apple: A Global History by Erika Janik

Apples of North America : 192 exceptional varieties for gardeners, growers, and cooks by Tom Burford

Resources for Young Readers

The Life and Times of the Apple by Charles Micucci

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne F. Rockwell