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Red delicious apples being named ‘delicious’ is one of the biggest deceptions of the human race.

Omg I hit the reblog button so fast

i feel this on a spiritual level.

They were, at one time, delicious, but some fuck-up, let’s call him George, came along.

George decided the red delicious apples weren’t “red” enough, so he started to breed them so they became more red; however, as he did that, the delicious flavor was also bred out, but everyone thought they were better because they had a more consistent color.

They used to be delicious but not red, and now they are red but not delicious.

🤔🤔
I had a feeling they used to taste a lot better than they do now. Stupid humans screwing with everything

Why is my name always used for bad shit :(

But seriously, just eat Red Gala apples

or Pink Ladies

Ew. Eat honeycrisps. Love yourselves.

Fuck that Granny Smiths are where it’s at.

Granny Smiths are a crock of shit

YOU COME IN TO MY HOUSE AND YOU INSULT PIEMAKING APPLES. WITHOUT GRANNY SMITH YOU WOULD HAVE NOTHING HOW DARE

fuji apples tho

Granny Smiths are good for pies and nothing else.
I like the classic macintosh to eat, but if I can get winecrisp I am golden (delicious)

PINK LADY OWNS MY ASS

You haven’t had apples till you’ve had ambrosia apples

All of y'all can eat my ass. Granny Smiths are the best and have the perfect amount of tang. Macintosh aren’t as good a substitute.

BRAEBURN OR NOTHING

Royal Gala or go home

HONESTLY IF YOURE HATIN ON GRANNY SMITHS YOU CAN UNFOLLOW ME RIGHT NOW IMMEDIATELY

One time I ate a Pink Lady at peak apple season and I almost cried

Things are heating up in the apple Fandom.

But what about the Yellow apples?!?

Nah son, peak season Fuji apples are to die for.

Takin’ it back to George: thaaaaat’s not exactly what happened. 
There wasn’t any breeding involved in making Red Delicious all color/no flavor. (If you make a new cross, it gets a new name– it’s not Red Delicious anymore.) And there warn’t no George either. What happened with RD was farmers, nursery owners, etc across the ENTIRE WORLD selecting bud sports that were darker colored.
Bud sports are what happens when a random bud mutates a little bit and looks different than the rest of the tree. That’s not any kind of “modern technology,” that’s just what happens when you have thousands of cells dividing in thousands of buds across thousands of trees in an orchard– you’re gonna have copy errors sometimes, and sometimes they’re cool copy errors and people keep them. It can cause the branch to have a different growth habit, disease resistance, different flowers, or different appearance of the fruit. In the case of Red Delicious when farmers found a bud sport with darker fruit, they grafted it out over their entire orchard and sold it to their neighbors. Some bud sports got commercialized into the nursery industry and people kept planting/grafting darker and darker Red Delicious.
Why would they do that? Because people bought more of the darker apples.
There’s all kinds of just-so stories about how maybe back in the day with hunter-gatherer-ness, if you’re looking at bushes/trees full of fruit, which ones do you take home? The darkest ones. They’re the ones that are the ripest and everything else needs more time. Who knows. But whatever its origin, the preference for fruit with a really saturated color is ingrained enough that it affects what people buy and for how much.
If you apply it to a grocery store context where people have a lot of things to choose from, it becomes clear that you don’t just want to sell fruit with a saturated color. You want to offer the fruit with the most. saturated. color in the store. That preference gets passed up the line by ordering more or paying farmers more for fruit with higher color. Add natural variation in color from bud sports and wait 50 years, and BAM, Red Delicious is now more like Purple-Black Delicious. 
So basically what we have here is a made-up guy named “George” getting blamed for what is essentially swarm behavior perpetrated by all of apple-buying humanity ever. It’s not just that people want bright-colored fruit, they want the brightEST-colored fruit. So there’s a feedback loop constantly pushing everyone involved in growing & selling apples to get MOAR COLOR. This is actually a weird example of a Fisherian runaway in evolutionary biology. You know, the thing where peacocks wound up with ridiculous life-threatening tails because they’re sexy. Only, you know, with people. And fruit. 
• • • • 
On a side note, I worked in a blueberry breeding program a few years ago. Us scientists in the lab had our favorite cultivars that we were rooting for to make it through the program and start getting grown commercially. I’m talking big, intense-flavored, some-of-them-tasted-like-blackberry-jam-oh-my-god blueberries. 
Except every time we ran taste panels to find out which new cultivars people like, guess which cultivars people rated as their favorite for flavor (or “flavorite” as we call it in the scientific community)? The weakest, blandest-ass berries in our entire portfolio. CONSISTENTLY. What the fuck, people.
I think about that a lot. Everybody *says* they want fruit that tastes good and don’t care what it looks like. Except taste test and sales data tells us the exact opposite. HOW IS SCIENCE SUPPOSED TO HELP YOU IF YOU WON’T HELP YOURSELVES, THE PUBLIC?
tl;dr Fruit is shitty because people are into shitty fruit apparently? idk I’m as confused by this as the rest of y’all

OKAY FINALLY SOMEONE EXPLAINED THIS TO ME

See, where I live in Queensland, Red Delicious apples are really pretty tasty. They’re also pretty consistently streaky - light red streaking down from the top over pale green or yellow. That’s a Red Delicious, and really clearly delineated stripes are one of the ways you tell a good one.

And then I went to the U.S. and was really confused because they had these dark old-blood-red ‘red delicious’ apples that were mushy and tasteless and horrible and I was all ‘what is this Snow White crap’ and I have never known why until now!

The apple fandom is a wild place

But what has been unmentioned is the fact that macouns are the best.
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