The Big Apple Episode

There s nothing more American than apple pie or is there We might prescribe an apple a day and call our largest city the Big Apple but this legendary fruit originally hails from the mountains of Kazakhstan This episode Michael Pollan something of a legend himself tells us how apples become so important on the American frontier and what cider the alcoholic kind had to do with it We talk to apple fan Amy Traverso and apple detective Dan Bussey to figure out how many thousands of apple varieties used to grow in America and why are there only a handful including the notorious Red Delicious which while red is far from delicious in supermarkets today All that plus we get out in the orchard with Soham Bhatt to learn about the cider renaissance that s sweeping the nation See omnystudio com listener for privacy information Click here to visit this podcast episode