Title: Apples of North America
Author: Tom Burford
Publication Year: 2013Publisher: Timber Press
Source: Net Galley
Date Completed: Aug - 2013
September then October are soon approaching, and that comes apple season around these parts. This book looked lovely so I couldn't wait to preview it. (I can smell the apple pies already).
The intro starts with some interesting history about the "apples" which began in the Asia Minor region of Kazakhstan and by 2500 BC apples were being grown throughout Mesopotamia and Persia, and soon became part of the food cultures of the world.
- Part 1 of the book is all about -- Apple Varieties A-Z
- Part 2 is -- The Orchard Primer -- covers: Planning and Design, Planting and Cultural Management, Propagation and Apple Products
- Apple Varieties section was awesome - each variety of apple has: a photo of the type of apple, other names (if any), history, exterior and interior description, tree characteristics, disease resistance, season of ripening, storage qualities, and uses (cider varieties, pie varieties etc -- did you know you could pickle and fry apples?
If you are looking for an all-encompassing reference book about apples, the author's background can't be beat. Tom's family has been growing apples in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia since 1715.