Apple Picking Report

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40 pounds of Rome apples. We braved chilly grey weather (not to mention the scorn of Daniel Gross at Slate - see the discussion here!) to go apple picking last week. See more photos of our favorite apple orchard below, and check out PickYourOwn.org for a guide to U-Pick orchards and pumpkin patches near you.

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These are Rome apple trees - Rome is a variety with strong Ohio roots and very crisp white flesh that is pink-tinged from its red skin.
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Rome is our favorite all-purpose apple; they're sweet enough to eat but very firm and tart enough for baking.
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When stored straight from the tree in a cool dark place these will keep for months.
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We already made an apple bread pudding with a few of these, and ate at least four more outright. Recipes later this week...