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GUEST,Frank BS: Your favorite antique apple varieties (89* d) RE: BS: Your favorite antique apple varieties 17 Jan 13

Maeve's link above to more heirloom apples listed "Gravenstein".
When my Parents purchased their small dairy/piggery property in 1951,(I was 7) the then owner had established a quite large mature orchard full of apples, figs, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, quinces, oranges, lemons and almonds with several varieties of each.
My enduring memory in early Autumn/Fall is of picking and eating a fallen Gravenstein apple chilled from the dewey grass. Makes me salivate still. Same for the prune plums dried in the grass.
There is not much left now, figs, two plums and one quince mostly destroyed by white ants with one fallen limb still growing.
I have managed to strike some cuttings from the old quince to plant in my orchard I am establishing. They will keep some memories alive.
Quinces cooked slowly on the wood stove until they turned a lovely deep shade of red. Served with cream or custard.
I am sourcing a Gravenstein or two to plant as well this season.

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