Ground Apples: To the apple-cider heap?
September 17, 2008 10:29 AM Subscribe
Apple picking: from the ground or the tree?
So in Illinois when I've picked apples its been from the tree. Apples on the ground go to make cider such as in Robert Frost's poem After Apple Picking:
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
or just for the cows/groundhogs/local animals to eat.
So today I baked some apples and they didn't turn out so well (too tart for the recipes I made) and my Swedish roommates informed me that it was because I picked them from the tree. I know it's not true because I've made tons of great baked apples from other trees, but it did make me notice that I do see a lot of locals here picking apples off the ground. It seems kind of baffling to me, but I thought maybe it's because America has more of a problem with foodbourne pathogens?
Do they do this in the rest of Europe? What about different parts of America? Are the apples really better?