[LMB] Seasonal Stuff, was Happy Winter....

Paula Lieberman paal at filker.org
Mon Dec 29 09:00:22 GMT 2014

Unripe apples are green.  Ripe apples can be red, striped with red, green, 
yellow....   but unripe ones, are green.

I don't think there's much of an export market for apples grown in New 

ObBujold:   The Farmers grow their own fruit mostly locally.   I doubt if 
they're getting apples from New Zealand....

I have my own fruit trees but the insects are pests....

--Paula Lieberman
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From: BlueRose
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2014 03:46 AM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Seasonal Stuff, was Happy Winter....

On 29/12/2014 8:05 p.m., Paula Lieberman wrote:
> Sweet corn is now so sweet it's -too- sweet for me.
> That does not seem to me to be picked before full ripeness....
> As for apples, perhaps it depends on the orchard.   A significant 
> fractions of the apples in supermarkets near where I live, are from less 
> than an hour's drive away.  And I haven't noticed apples having artificial 
> coloring added to their skins.  (Unripe apples are green....)

Depends on the apples, there are plenty here in NZ that are still mostly
green when ripe - of course Granny Smith being the obvious one but
Braeburn is a mostly green apple.  I know we get different kinds here to
in the US.

As as for the comment about being picked before fully ripe, thats true
and applies to stone fruit as well, as it travels better when its a bit
hard.  We export a LOT of fruit overseas, apples peaches pears
nectarines apricots cherries.  Even the stuff we get in supermarkets
here is always never quite ripe and a bit hard, its very irritating.

So I planted my own fruit trees instead :) 

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