Autumn is the time of harvest, and there is nothing more potent than apples as a sign of the move towards winter — especially in Europe. Tomatoes and pumpkins and squash are considered summer fruits which might overlap into autumn — but the apple harvest signifies that autumn is here and winter is approaching.
Thanks to my over zealous neighbors, I have had nigh on a hundred buckets of apples to deal with over the past few months.
First were these red — almost purple beauties. We have been unable to find what exact variety these are. We do know that they are classified as “Heirloom Portuguese” and that the trees they came from are over 50 years old.