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In my tiny garden there are two apple trees, two Golden Delicious on semi dwarfing rootstocks I took pity on as they were sitting looking very miserable outside a supermarket.
I am always surprised at how different they are when they ripen on the tree, as I recall Golden Delicious being hard and flavourless and green.
These days of course I only eat the apples from the garden - and they are grown organically - so sometimes I find extra protein in the middles of the first few I try, but by now they have all dug their way out and wandered away.
This year the apples are larger than usual, and very sweet, so I am sometimes spreading eating one over the course of a day. Eventually they will live up to the Golden part of their name and turn golden yellow, and by then they will be fairly soft and taste very unfamiliar.
This year I have not been out to the cider making, and might not be Wassailing the trees in other parts of the county, but hopefully there will be other years in which to observe the calendar customs properly and in full. I might buy a small fruit press though, just to see how my own apples make cider, rather than leave them to return to the earth.
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