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has anyone seen arkansas black apples at the farmer's market yet? i'll go anywhere

tastycakes Oct 7, 2007 05:09 PM

to get these babies, even drive to an orchard.

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    FED Oct 8, 2007 09:02 AM

    arkansas blacks are very slow maturing and are generally among the last apples picked. "when" depends on where they are grown. apples in the south tend to be ready a couple weeks ahead of the same variety from the slo-paso robles area. they have extremely dense flesh, almost wooden sometimes, and a spicy, cider-y flavor. They store very well, and will soften somewhat in refrigeration.

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      fishyak Oct 8, 2007 08:30 AM

      Laguna Beach RM Sat. AM had them. As to the taste ?, these are simply the apples with the most CRUNCH period. Not quite as tart as a Granny Smith.

      1. ElJeffe Oct 7, 2007 09:25 PM

        How do they taste on the Granny Smith - Red Delicious spectrum? And why is this reminding me of the Seinfeld Mackinaw peach episode?

        1. katydid13 Oct 7, 2007 09:13 PM

          I saw a few of these at the Hollywood farmers' market last weekend.

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            glutton Oct 7, 2007 09:00 PM

            At the santa monica market, I was told we're at least a couple weeks away for the arkansas black apples.

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              Snackish Oct 8, 2007 01:14 PM

              Cirone Farms will carry them when they are ready.

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              foodfoodfood Oct 7, 2007 06:15 PM

              Well, you did say anywhere...Oak Glen is about an hour and a half (90 miles) from LA
              according to the article, though, looks like they won't be ready until Halloween...
              Article: http://www.pe.com/localnews/yucaipa/s...

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