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  • The future of Gravenstein apples hangs on a thin stem

    The future of Gravenstein apples hangs on a thin stem
    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.
  • From Ojai, crops of Gala apples and Howard Miracle plums

    From Ojai, crops of Gala apples and Howard Miracle plums
    Most California apples are grown either well north of Los Angeles, in mountains, or near the coast, where cool winters and nights boost production and quality. Ojai, atrociously hot in summer, is better known for its citrus, but in some of its valleys...

    Market Watch: Above the ocean in Malibu, a rare orchard of loquats

    Market Watch: Above the ocean in Malibu, a rare orchard of loquats
    High on a steep, terraced mountainside in Malibu, with a spectacular view of the Pacific, perches the largest and probably the only commercial planting of loquats in the United States. A pome fruit related to apples and pears, the loquat is one of the...

    Market Watch: Kinnows make a sweet citrus juice

    Market Watch: Kinnows make a sweet citrus juice
    Amid the seasonal abundance of apricots, cherries, peaches and Boysenberries, it is hard to imagine that a citrus juice would become an object of craving, but few shoppers have any idea just how sweet and flavorful late-harvest Kinnow mandarins can be....

    Farmers Markets: Indigo Rose tomato, a dark beauty

    Farmers Markets: Indigo Rose tomato, a dark beauty
    Of the dozen tomato varieties displayed at Vang Thao's stand last Saturday, one, with purplish black skin over a flaming orange ground color, stood out spectacularly. It's a new variety, Indigo Rose, pigmented by anthocyanins, the same compounds...