I’m still slowly picking and savouring this first crop of Benvoulin apples in 20 years. Here is one of them hanging out with the gals from the tomato patch, just for fun. There are three left on the tree, too. You can read the story of this unique apple here. The discovery, breeding, saving, grafting and distributing of apple varieties is an art form older than most others. It is illuminating to contemplate it beside such new forms of intervention with the natural world, such as farmer’s markets, community gardens, food banks, and university-based GMO breeding programs. Those are all social forms of art, while this is an individual, poetic one that comes from a man being the land he walks. I doubt any of the newer art forms would ever lead to an apple so powerful that one bite beats a $30 bottle of riesling— and yet which everyone can afford. In this respect, the simple image above is an image of wealth.
Categories: Agriculture, food culture, heritage seed
Oh, for a bite of that apple right now, here in Kamloops…
I’d love to share it with you!
There’s a big article on apples in today’s New York Times, with information about a huge publication:
Thanks! That’s exciting.
Wow who would of thought, I had these in my Orchard that Harold Grafted pulled them out about 10 years ago. Now I’m searching for graftwood so I can have them back.
I have grafting wood.