Have you ever wondered: that apple a day, the apple of our eye, the one that doesn’t fall far from the tree … just what kind of apple is it? In Rowan Jacobsen’s new book, “Apples of Uncommon Character” (Bloomsbury, $35), we see their stunning variety, with Jacobsen spotlighting more than 100 types of…More
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Apples were the unlucky winners of an annual “Dirty Dozen” list of pesticide-contaminated produce. Strawberries, grapes, and celery came next on the 2013 list compiled by the non-profit Environmental Working Group. The others are peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers. Not all pesticides are of equal concern to…More
An apple a day is a pretty broad directive, but one new variety has a target audience: The school lunchbox crowd. The crisp Opal apple, a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Topaz, is crunchy, mild, and sweet enough for anyone. But its particular appeal to kids — or to anyone turned off…More