EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT APPLES BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK!
When I first moved to Jamaica in the mid 1980s, no amount of juicy oranges, ripe bananas or sweet mangos could replace the crunch and taste of a Canadian Apple. I was always happy to see friends from Canada and more than a few smuggled in apples as a hostess gift. Whenever I came home the first thing I wanted was an apple.
Of course the world is one big marketplace now, and apples are a common sight in Jamaican grocery stores both imported and locally grown. The long held belief that temperate fruits like apples cannot be grown in tropical climates is now being now challenged. It is true apple seeds need chilling hours to germinate but this can be done by a process called stratification (Where growers use refrigeration to simulate winter in order to break the seed dormancy period) so now more folks worldwide can enjoy my favourite fruit – (visit http://maluseedgrowers.blogspot.ca/ to learn more)
But there is so much more to learn about Apples… READ on