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October 12, 2013

Step Back in Time: Oct. 12, 2013

The Daily Star

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Oct. 12, 1988

NORWICH — Chenango County has its own apple, but it may be a dying breed.

The Chenango Strawberry Apple apparently has its roots in Chenango County, though its exact origin is unknown. Its taste is heavenly, according to those who have tried it, but it is less durable and productive than more prominent varieties.

According to “The Apples of New York,” the Chenango Strawberry Apple may have been brought to Chenango County by early Connecticut settlers, who also gave the city of Norwich its name. Or it may have originated in nearby Lebanon in Madison County.

The apple, which is shaped something like a strawberry and is distinguished by yellow dots near the bottom, is sweet tasting and meaty when mature, Clarence Madison, an Oxford apple aficionado, said. It is considered a dessert apple, but is also “striking in the bowl,” he said.

Ann Ward, a Norwich connoisseur of apples, said having a Chenango Strawberry Apple is “like having gold nuggets.”

But the apple is not widely known or popular because it ripens early in the season in September and doesn’t keep well, Madison said.

“Antique” apples like the Chenango Strawberry continue to be produced at the New York Fruit State Testing Center in Geneva and others, but won’t stand much of a chance in an ever-tougher marketplace where apples have to meet criteria of appearance, taste, storage ability and use, including whether they are good for pies or cider, Madison said.

Appearance is the most important factor because a scabby apple won’t sell, but the apple also must keep to sell commercially, he said.

50 years ago

Oct. 12, 1963

MARGARETVILLE (Special) — Four students of the Margaretville Central School will appear on “Little Red Schoolhouse,” a TV presentation from WRGB, Schenectady, at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14.

They are Andrea Wood, Andrea Fenton, David Cantwell, and Jon Veit, with John Searle as alternate.

The Margaretville students will have opposite them four students from the Granville Central School.