July 12, 2013 |
With thick, hollow trunks and lichen-draped limbs propped up on crutches, the century-old Gravenstein trees at Walker Apples look less like a working orchard than an arboreal infirmary, or the rear guard of a retreating army. The 20 square miles of Gravensteins that once covered the local hills are now reduced to one, and the remaining trees also would have succumbed to chain saws were it not for the matchless flavor of their fruits and the determination of a small band of farmers and preservationists.
April 14, 2011 |
To truly keep the doctor away, it’s going to take more than a handful of red delicious. The fruit and vegetable aisle is a fine place to start your quest to lower cholesterol, but don’t stop there. Keep moving, keep moving.... This week we learned that eating dried apples can help reduce “bad” cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein, while raising “good” cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein – at least when compared to eating dried plums (aka prunes)
August 17, 2013 |
Global warming has subtly altered the taste and texture of Japanese apples over the last 40 years, although consumers may not realize it, according to new research. A study published in Scientific Reports concluded that climate change was likely responsible for earlier apple tree blooms and warmer growing seasons in Japan, as well as softer and less acidic apples. "The taste and textural attributes of apples in the market are undergoing change from a long-term perspective, even though consumers might not perceive these subtle changes," wrote lead study author Toshihiko Sugiura, a fruit tree researcher at Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization.
February 10, 2011 |
Dear SOS: Help! The apple butter cake at Huckleberry is the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. I can't stop thinking about the taste. I would do anything for the recipe, including washing dishes there for the day. It's that good. Jefferson Davis Naples Island Dear Jefferson: I love this cake. Huckleberry's apple butter cake incorporates almond meal and cornmeal with whole wheat and all-purpose flours for a dense but wonderfully crumbly texture. Not too sweet, it's unabashedly rich, with no shortage of butter and a nice tang from generous apple chunks.
August 11, 2012 |
Everyone loves to watch black bears at Yosemite National Park and elsewhere in the Sierra Nevada, just not at close range. That's why the park sponsors an apple-picking day each year to remove tempting fruit from populated areas of the park so bears and humans don't collide. Yosemite has two historic apple orchards inside the park, one at Curry Village and one near the horse stables. The idea is to remove the non-native food source in hopes of keeping the bears wild and away from the popular tourist stops.
September 18, 2012 |
So.... which apples are best for eating, and which ones are best for cooking and baking? Click here for 52 apple recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen! Food editor Russ Parsons explored the often perplexing apple question in a column he did on heirloom apples just a few autumns ago: The world of apples is supposedly divided cleanly in two: cookers and eaters. But does that mean you can't eat a cooker? Or cook an eater? And what makes a "cooking" apple anyway?
March 31, 2012
Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 12 1/2 cup walnuts (about 2 ounces), plus walnut halves for garnish if desired 1/2 cup almonds (about 2 ounces) 8 ounces pitted dates (about 1½ cups), cut into chunks 3 tablespoons sweet or dry red wine, or red grape juice, plus more as needed 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger About 4 pinches of ground cloves About 2 pinches of freshly ground black pepper (optional) 2 apples, such as Fuji or Gala (total about 12 ounces)
October 2, 2013 |
You know it's fall when all those colorful varieties of apples start showing up in the market. It's hard not to want to snag a few of each to try out in the kitchen. But how do you tell which apples are best for a specific use? Which apples are best for eating, and which ones are best for cooking and baking? Food editor Russ Parsons explored the often perplexing apple question in a column he did on heirloom apples just a few autumns ago: "The world of apples is supposedly divided cleanly in two: cookers and eaters.
March 26, 2008
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, plus chilling time Servings: 8 Note: Adapted from a recipe by Rustic Canyon pastry chef Zoe Nathan. Creamy wildflower honey is milky in color and available at many specialty grocery stores and farmers markets. Nathan recommends Cypress Grove goat cheese, available at Whole Foods stores. Butter pastry 1 3/4 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1/2 -inch pieces and chilled In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
March 19, 2012 |
Apple Inc.'s plan to launch a stock buyback program as well as start paying a quarterly dividend was welcome news to investors in the world's most valuable company. Apple will pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share, starting in its fiscal fourth quarter, which begins July 1. And a $10 billion share buyback program will begin next fiscal year, reports our colleague David Sarno. It's big news -- and not just because of the big bucks involved. The development also suggests a break with the way Apple was run under late Chief Executive Steve Jobs : For years, the company had rejected demands to share that money with stockholders. The about-face left some consumers -- you know, the men, women and children who purchased the products that made such wealth possible -- grumbling on Monday, wondering about their piece of the pie. In a conference call with investors this morning, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the company would spend about $45 billion on the two-pronged approach over the next three years.