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Heirloom apples in Utah

Apples were among the most important orchard trees grown by Utah’s pioneers, judging by references to them in historic sources and by the number of trees surviving in old lots today. Though Utah’s climate can be harsh–both cold and dry–many … Continue reading

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Pioneer Thanksgiving (and a honey cranberry sauce recipe)

As I stood watching my cranberries cook, waiting for them to pop in the pot, I thought what a shame it is that cranberries (and blueberries and bayberries!) are so hard to grow in our alkaline soil. My mind wandered … Continue reading

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Pioneer apricots

We’re just enjoying the last of our apricots, so I thought I’d celebrate with a post about apricots in pioneer Utah. Early Utah nurseryman Joseph Ellis Johnson listed several types of apricots in his garden journals, circa 1870: Blenheim, Kashia, … Continue reading

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Box elder maple syrup

Last month my husband and I decided to experiment with making maple syrup out of sap we collected from box elders at the American West Heritage Center. Box elders aren’t the most sought-after tree–they’re sort of the gawky cousin of … Continue reading

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