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Pippin Apples?

tstrum Nov 19, 2012 06:35 AM

Whatever happened to Pippin Apples? Can't find these anymore.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: tstrum Nov 19, 2012 08:58 AM

    Billy Bob Orchards, at the Tuesday and Saturday Berkeley farmers markets, has the best I've seen in a while. Hillview Farms at the Sunday Jack London market has I think two or three varieties of pippins.

    Berkeley Bowl and Monterey Market probably have them.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Ruth Lafler RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 19, 2012 01:08 PM

      Berkeley Bowl West had them last week. Funny, they used to be the most common green apple available year round, but they got pushed out by Granny Smiths.

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        Joel RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 19, 2012 08:48 PM

        I bought some tasty ones at the Bowl --today at $1.89 / lb for organic.

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          Ruth Lafler RE: Joel Nov 19, 2012 09:42 PM

          Lucky's had them today.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston
        mdg RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 19, 2012 10:56 PM

        For those further south, Billy Bob is also at the Mountain View farmer's market. Draeger's also usually has Pippins this time of year.


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        vulber RE: tstrum Nov 19, 2012 09:00 AM

        if you're feeling adventurous, i went and picked some at swanton ranch last week, but the trees were starting to get pretty thin....

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          PegS RE: vulber Nov 19, 2012 03:39 PM

          Oh gosh. Newtown Pippins were my favorite apple when I was growing up. Then when I wasn't paying attention they seemed to disappear. Nice to know I can find them again. Currently I've been eating a lot of Pink Ladys, which are easily available at Berkeley Bown and Rockridge Market Hall. At least they have a similar level of tartness that I remember, along with the type of complexity missing in Granny Smiths (ick).

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            Robert Lauriston RE: PegS Nov 19, 2012 04:48 PM

            The Granny Smiths that first came in from New Zealand in the late 60s or early 70s were delicious. I think the problem with domestic ones is that they pick them unripe.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              lmnopm RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 19, 2012 08:52 PM

              Monterey Market had them today.

        2. 512window RE: tstrum Nov 19, 2012 09:00 AM

          Gizdich Farms in Watsonville has them. The various apple vendors at Farmers Markets also seem to have pippins.

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