The Symms family has enjoyed a way of life few get to experience: acres of fragrant springtime blossoms, the gentle buzzing of bees in a world that’s sometimes so lush, the sunshine and cornflower-blue sky barely peeking through. For the Symms, the scent of a fresh, crisp, juicy apple at its peak equals home. When RA Symms first saw the area now called Sunny Slope, with its Snake River, sheltering … Read More
My memory may be indistinct, but I recall more than one Idaho grape grower alluding to warming temperatures affecting the ripening of red grapes. And with recent plantings and harvesting of notoriously late ripeners—Mourvédre, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon—I tested my theory by surveying grape growers, winemakers and experts in Idaho viticulture. The answers were resounding: slightly, possibly, not so much and it really doesn’t matter.
No one … Read More
Tony Eiguren lifted a bottle of Bereziartua Basque cider above his head and let a stream of honey-hued liquid splash into a thin glass on the table. The cider, ever so slightly effervescent, gave off a pungent waft of sour apple that was even more puckering when it hit the tongue.
“It seems to be one of those things where you’re really into it and you love it or it’s … Read More
In the thick of the short picking season, I am plagued by huckleberry envy. Grinning hikers emerge from the woods, their lips stained purplish-blue and their buckets overflowing. Friends smugly stash gallons in the freezer to keep them supplied until the next huckleberry season. Everyone seems to be finding more huckleberries than I.
The Mountain Huckleberry, a wild cousin of the blueberry, is prized for its … Read More