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Food represents the essence of a place. It is of the earth in that place. I’ve always been fascinated by this connection, but in our globalised, digital world it’s fast becoming tenuous. That’s why I’m writing a book about apples.

Bountifully common yet richly diverse, the apple is a lens through which I’m exploring our modern food system: its origins, people, culture, science, trade, risk and opportunity. Threaded through this are stories of Stanley, a small horticultural community in Victoria’s North East, home to the famed ‘King Cole’ apple. As my research continues, you’ll be able to read, hear and view some snapshots here on unpeeled. There are also some diversions into the wider food world where I live – talks with North East food producers, makers, chefs, cooks and eaters about what local food culture could be.

Podcast series

Listen to my latest podcast: an interview with Snowline Fruits’ Henry Hilton. Henry comes from an apple orcharding family in Kent in England: “I was born with an apple in my mouth”. Henry has been growing apples at Stanley for decades and remains cutting edge with growing techniques, varieties and quality. Explore the main menu for more podcasts in the series.

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Value is more than money

This is a transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with Charlie Showers of Black Barn Farm in Stanley. Charlie grows over 60 varieties of heirloom apples on young trees that are now coming in to production. You can also listen here. Hello, everyone, I’m Peter Kenyon and welcome to another podcast from unpeeled press where…

Staying on the front foot

This is an edited transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with Snowline Fruits’ Henry Hilton. Henry has been growing apples at Stanley for fifty years and uses the latest techniques. You can also listen here. Hello, everyone, I’m Peter Kenyon and welcome to another podcast from unpeeled press where I’m exploring food culture in North…

The growing scale of growing apples

This is an edited transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with retired, fifth generation apple orchardist Rob Tully, who grew apples just outside Beechworth from 1955 to 2016. While the apple trees have now completely gone, Rob still keeps his hand in with a small block of 600 pear trees. You can also listen here….

Mines, pines and apples

This is an edited transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with Giff Thompson, the last of three generations of a family who grew apples near Stanley, in Victoria’s North East, for most of the twentieth century. You can also listen here. Hello, and welcome to the latest podcast of unpeeled press, where I explore the…