adj. Gnarled, misshapen, difficult, tangled. Slang. Cool, good, nasty, hairy, bad.
noun. An apple grown from seed. Slang. An excellent person or thing.“Gnarly Pippins” is a loving nod to the untamed, indigenous apple of the temperate world. Limitlessly adaptable to its present surroundings, the genus Malus encompasses as much variation among its denizens as we the humans do. The image of the wild apple tree is not refined, not cultivated, but rather a raw notion of abundance and self-reliance. In this sense, Gnarly Pippins connects us to the wilderness of the untended landscape in how we relate with these special trees. Those who favor the natural apple, with all its blemishes and pride, over the ostensibly “civilized” apple of modern growing practices, bear the badge and attitude of Gnarly Pippins.
Happy New Year, friends! After an amazing, abundant, challenging year of work and play in the world of apples, we have arrived at the helm of a new year, a new chance, a new go-round the sun. I resolve in 2018 to write more regularly, and to better document the work I do for orchards [...]
Welcome back, gnarly pips! After some 3 and a half months since the first fruits of 2017 were pulled off of the trees, the apple harvest has concluded. This was a very interesting year ! By all counts, it was a very abundant year for orchardists and foragers alike. May we all share in Winter’s [...]
The Wild Apple Forager's Guide by Matt Kaminsky, second edition (2017), paperback.
This book is a guide for the enthusiastic apple forager for identifying, scouting, harvesting, and processing wild apples found throughout the temperate world. At 75 pages, it includes full color plates, a wild apple scouting log, and thorough background to the indigenous and naturalized apples found wild in North America. [...]