zephyr illusions photo by donna October 1992. The view atop Chasseral, Jura Mountains looking across Switzerland to The Alps on the horizon. Fog, intensely thick, rising from Lac Bienne and stretching its fingers high onto the Lignières-Plateau de Diesse after wholly filling the valley below the plateau.

Friday, August 05, 2005

What would Johnny Appleseed think?

"Consider the fate of America's favorite apple. It emerged from an Iowa orchard in 1880 as a round, blushed yellow fruit of surpassing sweetness.
But like a figure in a TV makeover show, it was an apple that its handlers could not leave alone. They altered its shape. They made it firmer and more juicy. They made it so it could be stored in hermetically sealed warehouses for 12 months. Along the way, they changed its color and hence its name -- to Red Delicious."

i cannot remember the last time i ate a Red Delicious apple. i started buying Granny Smiths, Fujis and Galas a long time ago because they still have good flavor and texture. it's my opinion that Red Delicious apples became very boring and bland in taste.

now, i'm hoping to find fresh tomatoes that actually taste like a tomato and not like cardboard as do the tomatoes of today which are bred for trans-global shipping.


  1. I find that fruit also has lost a lot of its taste. When i lived in India (some years back) the melons were great.. I still have to find a good melon here in Holland, most are really bland / cold no tast. That is the price you pay for progress i guess... luckily our tastebuds are dying every day :)

  2. i suppose lots of fruits and vegetables are losing their natural flavors and characteristics as they are altered and bred for purposes of transport rather than gourmet delight.
    hmmmm, wonder if our dying tastebuds are subtly being genetically altered by consuming genetically altered foods?

    wow, India. how was it living in India? i think India must be a beautiful country once outside of the cities.