Thursday, 17 November 2005

Apple Day

by Dom Corrigan

I bought, or rather I was bought, the DVD of "No Direction Home"
the Bob Dylan documentary, and watched 45 minutes of it. It is interesting enough, and Dylan himself stops acting the "cosmic" idiot I've seen on film before, but what is interesting is the influence of Apple Inc. in the film's production, which the UK Press had led me to believe was essentially entirely down to the BBC's Arena programme.

Anyway, since lots of the posts here at LMWN have been of a rather technical bent, I felt it was time to get back to the simple life. So I strolled down to the Apple Day event about a month ago in Cambridge Botanic Gardens.

Apples are fascinating and, by the sound of it, pretty tricky to grow. I was looking forwards to two things: cider and apples. Locally produced ciders were available to try and buy in the tent in front of the glasshouse...

...and it would have been discourteous to the tradesmen not to have tried the full spectrum of their wears. I was somewhat dismayed, to see this most English of product being sold in Euros, as well as Pounds Sterling. In accordance with tradition, cider cannot be drunk without the aid of a park bench.

The highlight of the day, though, was the apple tasting. Armed with my tasting notes. The range of not only different tastes, but different textures and colours of flesh, is astonishing.

What's particularly interesting is the origin of different types of apple. Many come from the UK, of course, where we are apple mad. But our old colonies are particularly good for fine apples too.

Experts from all over the world are on hand to identify the varieties of apple that one might find growing at the bottom of our gardens. The best of each type brought along are laid out. I'm not one that goes in much for "nature's harvest", but what a view...

Not long now to the next event to look forward to. Always happy to put up fellow Englishmen or Cantabs, if they're interested.

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