Tom Burford

  • Red Delicious Apples Can Rot In Hell

    They've finally been dethroned as the nation's top-selling apple, because they're trash.

  • Apple Pie Recipe

    Pick a combination of apple varieties for a balance of acid, sugar, and tannin in your pie. But remember that apples must be ripe for full flavor. If the seeds are darkening, the apple is mature.

  • That Non-Browning Apple Is Nothing New

    Non-browning Arctic Apples were recently approved by the USDA. We got in touch with Tom Burford, MUNCHIES' favorite apple historian, to get his take on the new Franken-fruit.

  • Best Of 2014: Old People Still Know More Than We Do

    We like to think that we can learn a lot more from our elders, and this year we surely did. We met the foul-mouthed godfather of ceviche in Peru, the official witch of Salem (and her chicken soup), and the guy who literally wrote the book on North...

  • Club Apples Are the Product of Fruit Dating and Mating

    The ridiculously named fruits—think Zestar!, SweeTango, and SnapDragon—are changing the economics of apple growing.

  • This Apple Historian Wants You to Meditate on Your Fruit

    Apple historian Tom Burford is not an angry man, but having spent his entire life among apples, he cherishes some strong opinions about this quintessentially American fruit. Like people, he says, some apples serve us better than others, and some...