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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Wild Fermentation

I was picking this section of Gingergolds yesterday, and while picking drops (I have to pick up and count drops in my day job) I stumbled across this beauty. Crows love Gingergolds, and peck big holes in them, knocking them out of the tree. This one landed peck-up, and the juices started to collect in the hole as the tissues brokes down the sun. The juice was frothing like a cider ferment, and the sroma was unmistakable. A little taste, in the name of science of course, confirmed that this was indeed a miniature cider ferment happening all on its own, right in the pecked bowl of the apple. Never seen that before...


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