A fascinating article here about a group of hard core (no pun intended) apple lovers who spend their time roaming the wilds of the Pacific Northwest searching for pioneer-era apple orchards and the heirloom varietals they contain.
The article is really about the group, not the culture of apples in the 19th Century, though I was a bit disappointed that the author didn’t delve a little further into the function of apples on the homestead. Sure, apples were for eating, but they were mostly for drinking. Oh, and in a sense, for gambling.
Yes, there’s quite a mixed history once you get beneath the shiny red veneer of the wholesome apple. Check it out if you have the time!