Today's moment of late summer

Edison Ave apple tree

Edison Ave in Albany.

One of the charming things around wandering around neighborhoods in this area this time of year is you realize how many apple trees there are here and there. Some stand pruned and prim in front yards, others scraggled and spilling over backyard fences.

It's also remarkable how many of these neighborhood apples seem to go unpicked. Pluck those pomme, people! Give 'em to your neighbor! Turn 'em into apple sauce! Apple crisp, apple crisp, apple crisp!

Further reading: The Apples of New York, a 1905 state publication that cataloged the many, many different varieties of apples growing around the state during that period, some of which were said to originate in this area It's become a bible of sorts for apple nerds searching out old, perhaps lost, apple varieties.

Also: It has some wonderful illustrations.

It's online if you'd like to flip through it (link above).

Comments

totally nerdy comment here: those old scraggly trees listing over the garage roof in the oldest neighborhoods, may well be "survivors"---heirloom varieties that are no longer available in orchards. A treat AND a treasure worth enjoying

What is the etiquette on picking an apple from a neighbor's tree? I am only wave-at friendly with the occupants, but they have a very nice apple tree in their front yard that never gets picked.

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