Today is National Food Day, a celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Sounds like my kind of celebration!!
I celebrated by heading out-of-town, beyond the wheat fields and into the apple orchards, to fill my car with crates of Olympus pears. The Korean variety of asian pear is to be this week’s fruit share in our local CSA-style co-op box. Along with local grass-fed milk, artisan bread, free-range eggs, grain of the week-Black Nile barley, salad mix, spinach and beets, the box is a nice selection of locally grown foods.
the Olympus pear
These beautiful pears grew in the orchards of Jack Green, in a small town just across the border in Oregon. Nestled amongst acres of fruit trees, his small cold storage houses big bins of apples, in an array of colors ranging from bright rosy red, to luminescent green, lemony yellow and everything in between. He quickly named off each bin, one by one and I scrambled to follow him, noting that many of the varieties I’d never heard of. Sweet Rose, Empire, New-something… and then a few familiar…Cameo, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and a Common Delicious, an heirloom variety of Red Delicious.
With so many interesting new flavors to choose from, the only proper thing to do was request a variety box. A few of this, a couple of those, and what were these again?? Here is my final selection:
From top, Granny Smith, Sweet Rose, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Cameo and Common Delicious.
I plan to engage my children in a fun apple taste-testing, hoping I get the name of each correct. A quick check on Wikipedia can help me there. After the taste-testing, I’ll have to experiment with the different varieties, cooked in different ways. The sweet will be nice for apple bread and muffins, while the crisp I like to reserve for eating or baking whole, stuffed with raisins, nuts and honey. Mmmm! Can’t wait…..
Apples, plums, pear and cherry trees as far as the eye can see. Nice place to spend an afternoon daydreaming.