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Possible Heirloom Apples - Help w/Identifying Uses?

threedogs | Sep 28, 201106:40 AM

I moved to a new apt a few months ago, and low & behold (despite being in not only a city, but bordering a small industrial area), I've discovered a few apple trees. No one tends them - and after trying a few (figured that was the best way to figure out if they were worth the effort of gathering them up), I sort of understand why they've all been left on the ground.

So now it's probably too late for this season, but maybe I can be ready for the next, if I can figure out if they can be salvaged for any edible purpose.

They're good sized apples - comparable to what I'd buy in the grocery store, albeit with lots of bruises & odd shapes. My heart tells me they (there are two trees really close to me) *might* be some sort of heirloom apple - but how to tell? Texture is dry - what I'd describe as mealy. Flavor - well, it had a bit of an aftertaste - can't describe it, but not the best I've tasted. But if I had a juicer (which I don't - anymore), I would have tried to juice some, just to see how it turned out.

I think it's such a shame that these apples just fall to the ground & they are eventually tossed out - if anyone can help me figure this out - or lead me to a site that would help - I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

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