There are hundreds
of apple varieties, but only a few are well known. In Nova Scotia
the main varieties of apples are: McIntosh, Cortland, Red Delicious,
Gravenstein, Spartan, Idared, Jonagold, Empire and Russet.
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People have invented
some very interesting names for different varieties. Have you
ever eaten a Mutsu or a Summer Rambo? Some varieties were named
after people, like Annie Elizabeth and William Crump. Other varieties
have pretty names, such as Discovery, Vista Bella, Sunset, and
Fiesta. Can you imagine biting into a Winter Banana, a Sheepnose
or a Jupiter? If you discovered a new apple variety, what would
you name it?
Ask the students what their favorite apple variety is. Mount a
large piece of paper in the classroom and have all the students
write their favorite apple variety. In a column beside it, have
the students write what they like best about the variety (sweet,
tart, texture, colour). See which varieties are most popular with
the class - and why.
Variety Taste Test:
Bring several varieties of apples into the classroom for children
to sample. Have them record what they liked best/least about each
variety on a chart beside each sample (have four categories -
taste, colour, texture, other).
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