TJ Apple of the Month Pt IV:TJ’s Mystery Apple

April 30, 2009
Will the real Taliafero please stand up?

Will the real Taliaferro please stand up?

In 1798, Thomas Jefferson grafted nearly one hundred apples that replaced the Virginia Crab as his favorite cider apple and which, he claimed, was the closest thing to wine that was not wine that he had ever tasted.

What was this mystery apple?

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TJ Apple of the Month: Virginia Crab

December 10, 2008
Common crabapples

Common crabapples

{This is the third post in a series on Thomas Jefferson’s favorite foods. For part I click here. For part II, click here.}

Jefferson was a genius in most everything he did, but he was inherently a practical one. His studies informed his practice of law early in his career; his knowledge of botany came into practice in the gardens of Monticello; his appreciation of architecture (namely Palladio) manifested into Monticello, Poplar Forest, and several other buildings; his love of European art adorned the walls of his home; the French cuisine he feasted upon came back with him and its recipes introduced to a young America; his passion for math meant his calculations for the construction of Monticello was to the 6th or 7th decimal point!

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