Apples

Before there was the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, there was the original apple: a rotund, crispy fruit, borne by the apple tree. There are over 7,500 cultivars of apples, most of which are harvested for eating while some are specifically cultivated for cooking and making into cider. The more modern, commercially popular cultivars tend to have a uniform shape and sweeter taste than older varieties. Apples depend on cross-pollination and growers must use pollinators, like honeybees, to develop the fruit. A mature apple tree can yield between 88-440 pounds of apples a year. Throughout September and October, some local farms are also open for you-pick apple fun.

In Season

August, September, October, November

Recipes with Apples

Classic Apple Pie

Lenore Estrada & Anna Derivi-Castellanos, Three Babes Bakeshop

French Apple Custard Tart

Antoinne von Rimes, Pie Contest Winner

Apple Quince Honey Pie

Monica Contois, Pie Contest Winner

Kathy's Saltie Caramel Apple Pie

Amber Sather, Pie Contest Winner

Articles about Apples

October 24, 2014

Perfect Pie Tips from the Pros

What separates pedestrian pastry from a prize winner? We asked four experts.

February 08, 2013

Hard Cider Revival

Thanks some enterprising apple farmers, hard cider is going back to its roots. And it’s not that  cloyingly sweet stuff you might remember.

August 03, 2012

Farming without Water

As the nation grapples with the worst drought in decades, farmers on the coast of California practice the lost art of dryland agriculture.

June 24, 2011

News Bites

The new Dirty Dozen list, GM salmon, shark finning, livestock photography, and more.

October 16, 2009

Farming in Transition

Transitioning from conventional to organic farming can be complicated—but worth it for apple farmer Stan Devoto.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »