Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.― Henry David Thoreau (1860) in “The Succession of Forest Trees”
Welcome to Pips & Gribbles, my love letter to apples and cider.
PIPPIN [pipin] 1. A pip, the seed of an apple, pear, or orange. 2. A variety of apple raised from a pip.
GRIBBLE [gri· bl.] 1. A young crab-tree or blackthorn, or a knotty stick made of it; an apple-tree for grafting; any seedling tree or shrub. 2. The fruit of the wild or seedling apple-tree; an immature fallen apple. Cf. grubbel, grubling.
Excerpted from English Dialect Dictionary edited by Joseph Wright, 1900.
This blog is just a seed of an idea really, which starts with a long and enduring passion for all things cider. I love the history and lore of man’s long dedication to the apple–to varieties both rare and common and to orchards both wild and cultivated. I love the art and science of fermentation–the shepherding of yeast and bacteria and how we can subvert these organisms whose normal function in nature is to rot and recycle. And I love the cider community and the talking and tasting with makers, growers, and enthusiasts with passion to match my own.
Here you will find my reflections on all things apples and cider: the growing, the making, the tasting, and the enjoying. Cheers!