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That's Al-BE-marle Pippin to you
I was unaware of this, but it seems that our beloved local apple, the Albemarle Pippin, is in fact a native of New York (just like Your Correspondent, here). The Big Apple has decided to get serious about jettisoning the image of the vile-tasting but very photogenic Red Delicious Apple in favor of the homely-but-yummy Pippin. This all goes along nicely with the cresting wave of the local food movement, as well. A blog entry on the New York Times site last Friday gives some more detail, including expert commentary by our own director of Gardens & Grounds, Peter Hatch; check out Peter's 1995 article on the Pippin here.