Handpicking is still the best way to harvest apples. VIntage postcard, origin unknown. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY GREYSTONE BOOKS.)

Slow Fruit

Words by Bernd Brunner

with translation by Lori Lantz

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Over the centuries we have lost an estimated 13,000 varieties of apple, along with countless family orchards. The mass market prizes speed and quantity over quality, which is in turn leading to even fewer varieties being available, but this realisation has led to a resurgence in traditional fruit farming, with orchards taking time to nurture a range of flavours and reconnect with the rhythm of the seasons.

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