Friday, September 27, 2013

Five Friday Favorites: All Things Apple

Where has September gone? This week has been especially full, with several author visits to the Storey offices, eager anticipation of upcoming book releases, and work on the October issue of The Short Storey, our monthly e-newsletter. All the while, a stretch of beautiful weather beckons. Can we slow things down a little? Let’s revel in the glory of the apple just a bit longer, before we immerse ourselves completely in pumpkin. Between the fruit from the farm stand and the fruit hanging on the random roadside trees, it just feels right to give apples one more shout-out going into the last weekend of September. Happy Friday! — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

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“But there is hope, which goes by the term ‘heirloom.’” The New York Times’ Florence Fabricant featured Apples of North America (Timber Press) in the Food & Wine section’s Front Burner column last week. (Bonus link: Timber Press has created an Apples of North America board on Pinterest, with articles, lovely photos of apple varieties, and of course, ridiculously enticing apple recipes. Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup apples for breakfast this weekend, perhaps? Check it out, pinners!)

“Fuji apples join the ranks of other plants that are likely to have their harvests altered by warming temperatures.” While it may not be surprising, there’s now hard data indicating that warming trends are changing the way our apples taste.

“‘Narrowing down to just 41 apples was a challenge.’”An apple infographic, organized by taste and recommended use, from Popular Science.

Up for a little apple history? These posts from the Smithsonian blog and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are on the older side, but both are chock full of facts from the apple’s storied past.

An extra: Have you seen the Sneak Peek of Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits? Three words: apple infused bourbon.

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Inside Storey readers, what are you loving online this week? Share your favorites with us in the comments! 
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