United States Postal Service has issued four stamps on apples on 17th January 2013.The stamps were introduced in Yakima, Wash., in a region known for apple production.
1.\’Northern Spy\’: \”Spies are for pies!\” The homey little rhyme offers a reminder that generations of cooks have found the \’Northern Spy\’ apple delicious when baked in desserts. Its tart, tangy taste makes it less of a favorite for eating in hand, for some people, but it stores well and tends to last longer because of its late season. This variety is also good for cider and juice. A Northern Spy apple tree was reportedly \”discovered\” around 1800 near Rochester, NY.
2.\’Golden Delicious\’: The \’Golden Delicious\’ apple, named for its yellow-gold skin and sweet flavor, was declared the official state fruit of West Virginia in 1995. This tasty variety was first found 90 years earlier on the Mullins family farm in that state\’s Clay County. Unsurprisingly, news of the Mullins family\’s wonderful apple caused a \”gold\” rush. It quickly became a popular variety both in America and abroad, and is now planted wherever apples are grown around the world. A yearly Golden Delicious Festival has been held in Clay County since 1972.
3.\’Baldwin\’: The juicy and aromatic \’Baldwin\’ apple, thought to be native to Massachusetts, is named for Col. Loammi Baldwin, a politician and soldier in the American Revolutionary War who was greatly responsible for spreading its popularity throughout colonial New England. These winter apples are delicious when eaten in season — fresh, cooked or in baked goods — and are prized by makers of cider.
4.\’Granny Smith\’: The \’Granny Smith\’ variety isn\’t that old. It is said to have originated in the late 1860s in a suburb of Sydney, Australia, where a local grandmother cared for and reproduced a chance seedling. About a hundred years after she first marketed them at home, \’Granny Smith\’ apples became popular in the United States. This tart green fruit, now one of the world\’s most well-known varieties, is sometimes called the \’Green Delicious,\’ especially in Canada.