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Apple Tasting Party

To celebrate the season, invite some friends over to enjoy sampling varieties of apples from yesteryear. I invited 5 friends over for a casual sit-down party to sample twelve different varieties. Each apple was sliced and passed around while I shared some of the history about the fruit. Guests had score cards to judge which apple was their favorite. To cleanse the palette between samples, we also nibbled on fresh baked French bread and butter, cheese, and walnuts.

Gather the Apples
To being planning your tasting party, find out if there are local growers in your area. Your county extension service might be able to help you with that information, or visit your local farmers’ market. If a local source isn’t available, order a sampler box of apples from a mail order company. For a group of six people, plan to sample around twelve varieties of apples at the party.

Before Guests Arrive Apple Tasting Party with Heirloom Apples

Once Guests are Seated

You may also want to ask your guests to bring copies of their favorite apple recipe. At the end of the party guests can take the recipes home as a keepsake.

Great Baking Apples
Arkansas Black - sharp flavor and aromatic.
Baldwin – a nice blend of sweet and tart.
Empire - slightly tart, all purpose apple.
Golden Delicious – mellow and sweet.
Ida Red - tangy and tart, keeps its shape in baking.
Jonathan – moderately tart, and a bit spicy.
Rome Beauty – richly flavored, holds its shape well.
York - Firm, crisp and winy flavor.

Living in the Garden HomeThis seasonal celebration is an excerpt from the fourth book in my Garden Home Series, P. Allen Smith's Living in the Garden. Learn more about this book.