F966 Fall 2018 “How Do You Like THESE Apples”? Heirloom Apple Tasting
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Sept. 26
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Bob Coffin
Class limit: 50
Sample a dozen or so apples from “A”-Ashmeads Kernel to “Y”-York Imperial—the full list is seasonally dependent—and maybe taste a few apple dishes as well. Apples have the diversity, lore, subtlety and audaciousness of fine wine, but the long winter of our indifference has extinguished hundreds of quirky and appealing varieties. Revel in the complex flavors (mango, banana, licorice, nutmeg), sprightly colors, and perfumes of still available, sometimes hard to find, varietals such as Cortland, Esopus Spitzenberg, and Ozark Gold. Check out some local specialties, maybe Idared, Grimes Golden, Greening or Jonathan. Before the time when Americans became identified as fans of local sports teams, they were known for their favorite apples. We will explore the history of apples (ancient Rome had seven types), their use, spread, rise and demise (they really were America’s fruit for hundreds of years). Odd bits will be explored (such as why do they “polish up”?), and the occasional recipe will be included. A fee of $15 is payable to OLLI at time of registration.
Bob Coffin, an OLLI member, is making a habit of providing “foodie” events for OLLI, ranging from cheese tastings to heirloom tomatoes to olive oil. He grew up in Massachusetts where summer/fall family events typically involved picking pecks of Baldwin, Cortland, Gravenstein, and a host of other apple varieties.