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My grandparents came to the United States from Japan at the turn of the 20th century. They settled in Oregon and cleared land so they could plant fruit trees. They grew strawberries between the rows so they could harvest a crop while their trees matured. 🍓 Decades ago, my grandmother discovered a unique strain that my family patented as "Classic Delicious." 🍎 . . Many Japanese Americans born during the baby boom are known as "Sansei," or "third generation." 🥉 My sansei cousin bought the family orchards, and uses different methods compared to my uncles or grandparents. Despite modern and efficient practices, farming is still a 7-day-a-week endeavor when the fruit cycle is in progress. Likely he will be the last in our family to farm. 👨🌾 . . The apples pictured above are in my back yard here in Seattle, and were identified by my uncle as "Spitzenbergs." 🍎 Spitzenbergs are old-fashioned apples, which makes sense given that the tree upon which they grow is 125+ years old. 🌳 They are the most fabulous apples for baking. In a friendly blind-taste test, guess which one won? 😉 . . We don't prune, spray, thin or fertilize the tree or fruit, so it's rather miraculous that it still produces at all! . . Mid-October is when I usually bake the first apple pie of the year. . . Stay tuned! . . PS @nixkuroi let me know if you want to stop by for some organic apples. ☺️ . . #apple #apples #appletree #spitzenberg #organic #tree #fruittree #japaneseamerican #sansei #farmer #farming #orchardist #agriculture #Seattle #centraldistrict . . #verizon #bettermatters #pixel2xl .