Ground Apples: To the apple-cider heap?
September 17, 2008 10:29 AM Subscribe
Apple picking: from the ground or the tree?
posted by melissam to food & drink (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
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?