just apple by Joe P. Marselo on

If you like the apples made by a particular tree, and you want to make more trees just like it, you have to clone it: Snip off a shoot from the original tree, graft it onto a living rootstock, and let it grow. This is how apple varieties come into existence. Every McIntosh is a graft of the original tree that John McIntosh discovered on his Ontario farm in 1811, or a graft of a graft. Every Granny Smith stems from the chance seedling spotted by Maria Ann Smith in her Australian compost pile in the mid-1800s.“Why Your Supermarket Sells Only 5 Kinds of Apples” by Rowan Jacobsen

A fascinating article on the history, genetics and economics of apples.


We had a good day. The kids had lunch with the cousins. Apple cider donuts and BBQ. Yummy. The little ones played in the hay and rode the ponies. We had a brief history of apples (and Apple Inc .) in the Adventure Barn before driving over to Van Kirk for apple picking. Sadly I found no McIntosh apple. But now I'm home with my Apple Macintosh.

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Apple “Pie” Lettuce Smoothie

This is a modified version of a recipe Bhavana found online. It’s a refreshing mix of apple, lettuce, cinnamon and ground flax seeds. You will hardly notice the lettuce and the smoothie taste like apple pie, and apple pie you can drink. I used Deer tongue lettuce for this recipe but red leaf or Romaine lettuce will also work. The Deer tongue makes this smoothie slightly bitter but I didn’t mind that at all.


  • 615 grams apples (about 4 medium apples)
  • 133 grams lettuce (about 1 head of lettuce)
  • 296 grams water
  • 2 grams cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon flax seed


  1. Preparation: Cut the apples ( I used 4 medium apples ) and clean the lettuce. Add the cut apples, lettuce, the flax and the cinnamon to a blender ( I recommend a Vitamix ). Blend on medium high for about 40 seconds. Stop the blender and ice cold water then continue blending for another 30 seconds.

  2. Serve: Pour into a tall glass.