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Adam's Apples (adamapples.blogspot.com)
97 points by jsvine 14 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 26 comments

Remember when you used to discover blogs like this ALL the time? Now you come across it because it's so uncommon. Like that site with the shoelaces that shows up here occasionally, the thing that is interesting is the author's dedication and passion to their craft, and indeed, that said passion is still actively updated.

Here is a search engine designed to find such pages: https://wiby.me.

I don't know what it is about most of these pages, but their design feels very old school (in a good way)!

Got me a little nostalgic, and it's such a joy to read pages just focussed on the content and absolutely nothing else.

The search results are sometimes bewildering, I guess search quality could be a little better. But on the whole, a lot of fun.

Thanks for sharing :-)

This is awesome please keep it going forever!

Man, I was a hardcore devotee of Ian's Shoelace Site years ago. The Ian Knot [0] has probably saved hours of my life by now.

[0] https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ianknot.htm

Yea now most content is blog spam.

I love that site's like this exist. I wish I had enough focus to love one thing this much. Another one I like: https://liftblog.com

I miss those days. It seems like search engines are optimized to find ad-laden spam now.

I though it was referring to the rather splendid Danish film Adam's Apples https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam%27s_Apples

One never knows what kind of treat one may find.

Me too :) I'm not Danish but that movie holds a strange fascination for me.

Is Mads Mikkelsen in every single Danish film?

No, but he was in a _lot_ of Danish movies from that era. For the record, he's brilliant in Adam's Apples.

I had the same thought :)

A friend of a friend bought a house that belonged to an apple collector. The orchard contains over 500 grafted varieties. They do an annual party that starts with friends helping trimming and then goes into tasting and juicing. I'm looking forward to their next party once they can have it.

Can I be friends with them too? I've lost contact with some folks who had the best heirloom apples on their property. The trees were likely over 40 years old. No particular variety that my friends knew of. They came with the property along with some historic trees that date back to the Christian missions in the area.

Well, I haven't lost contact. Just left on pretty neutral terms, but if I get back to talking with them I'm going to end up throwing hay bales for them and that's miserable work I don't have the spare time for anymore.

I love stuff like this. I searched my favorite variety [0] and learned that the genetics are actually patented and the university that owns it has an entire program for breeding apples [1].

[0]: https://adamapples.blogspot.com/2008/10/honeycrisp.html

[1]: https://mnhardy.umn.edu/varieties/fruit/apples

They are still patented I think, but you can buy the trees now. Some of our local orchards have started growing them and I know you can get the trees from nurseries. I don't know if the big box stores have them. You may have to look around.

Ditto! I came across this site some time ago trying to find a place where I could buy a Frostbite (nee Minnesota 447) apple. My aunt has a tree and its apples make a hell of a cider. Turns out that he really likes this particular variety. [0]

I don't think it is rare for a university to have these kinds of breeding programs and put patents on the result. The one near me does that with cherries.

[0] https://adamapples.blogspot.com/2017/11/frostbite-vs-wickson...

Checkout the new cheaper bariany Cosmic Crisp.

Still a bit hard to find it seems but cheaper because less susceptible to rot issues i believe.

I tried it this week. Crispy and a little tart. I think slightly sweeter than Braeburn. I had read about it a few years ago.

What I have always wanted to see is a recommendation chart, something of the form "If you like (common apple), you might like (rare apples), which are also (characteristics)." That way when I have a few unusual options in front of me, I can make better guesses as to what's going to be good.

It would also help if I knew better places to seek out unusual, fresh apples. Even here in the heart of apple country, they lie low. Or maybe I'm just lazy.

I've started to do this for a few varieties (McIntosh, HoneyCrisp, etc., even Red D) but it is hardly comprehensive https://adamapples.blogspot.com/search/label/You%20May%20Als......

Which apple country? Here in central New York there are a ton of orchards that will grow a few rows of a bunch of different varieties. You have to go out a few times in the fall, as different varieties ripen at different times, but you can easily find dozens of different options in the area.

Seattle, so the giant near-monocultures of Red Delicious turned into Cosmic Crisp are just across the mountains :)

Hunting for interesting apples has been very much a passive activity for me, but I'm still surprised at how little there is available here given how much is grown locally. To see stores full of NZ apples in the height of the season is just sad.

But, hey, at least we've got Opals and Cosmic Crisps pretty much everywhere around here. It's nice having something better than Honeycrisp at the supermarkets, but it does reduce the need to explore.

Nice to see that there are still nice internet commenters out in the world still. Makes me miss the east coast.

Are you apple distributor?

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