Would you buy wild apples if given a chance?


They're small. They're homely. But they’re grown with no chemicals (and no attention whatsoever from farmers). Would you eat wild apples? (Tim Carman/The Washington)

“I prefer my apples fully sprayed.”

I came to find out that the ugly-duckling apples, from Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville, Va., are essentially wild, grown without any of the chemical benefits or tree-training techniques or even basic human attention of modern agriculture. The fruit’s rotting-zombie appearance doesn’t faze some. Waterpenny co-owner Eric Plaksin told me that a few of his customers actively seek out the apples.

Which got me to wonder how big a market there could be for wild apples, in a country that has been wild for apples since its founding. I thought it might be worth asking a small, self-selected sample of Food section readers about their take on these homely knobs.

DisclaimerThis is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.
Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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