18 Dec '11, 4pm

Putting The Native Apple Back In The Big Apple

Putting The Native Apple Back In The Big Apple

© Erik Baard In 1730, in New York City an apple orchard grew that sprouted from a random apple seed, a pip, in Gershon Moore’s Farm in what is now Elmhurst, Queens. The apple was named Newtown Pippin after the creek nearby the farm, Newtown Creek . The apple was a greenish-yellow color, that tasted tart, sweet and crisp. It was George Washington’s favorite apple and was cherished by Thomas Jefferson and Queen Victoria. Thomas Jefferson loved it so much that when he visited Paris he said “they have no apples here to compare with our Newtown Pippin.” The Pippin was then grown in Virginia, but rebranded as the Abermarle Pippin and for a century the Newtown Pippin was forgotten, until Erik Baard stumbled upon the apple in 2005. Bringing Back a Bite of History Mr. Baard, an environmentalist and avid kayaker, was researching the history of Newtown Creek when he rediscovered the ...

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