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January 26, 2011 Fermented Fruit of Rancho Volcan by Albert Simonson There is a good DVD at the Julian library which shows how Johnny Appleseed and other pioneers brought apple seeds to the west. Our famous Julian apples have their origins in cold, faraway Kazakhstan. It says that apple trees grown from seed yield poor fruit. Seeds contain the DNA of a diverse lineage of wild apples which were mainly small, scruffy, scabby and sour. So why did pioneers cultivate them from seed instead of by grafting and genetic selection? Up until the twentieth century, most apples were fermented into hard cider, which could last until next harvest in a well-stoppered ceramic jug and had the strength of a strong beer. If the weather turned cold our Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve. Bill was a colorful and capable guy, an encyclopedia of back country tribes and trails, but he had a profound thirst. Even his famed "abominable wine," made from mission grapes, could not completely slake his thirst, and he kept a wineskin tethered to his saddle, which maybe explains why he fell off his horse in the prelude to the Battle of San Pascual while chasing mustangs. It's a good bet that there was a lot of fruit fermenting on his Vulcan de Santa Ysabel rancho. His Indian helpers had a long indigenous tradition of drinking fermented mountain cherry juice and they probably dipped a ladle into the cider vat now and then for sustenance. The 1883 lithograph of the Chester Gunn orchard~ranch enough, you could freeze out excess water until you got a pretty potent applejack. Fruit quality was not so important, so easily portable seeds were good enough. Our first settler/ranchero was Cockney Bill Williams. An 1851 army diary shows that he had apples on his sprawling rancho "Vulcan de Santa Ysabel," along with lots of other fruit. His house was along the main hiking trail in fermentation process assured that no pathogens were present and it imparted a taste superior to our own chlorinated water. Cockney Bill and his sidekicks, both Indian and Gringo, had a choice of vats to sample. Specifically mentioned in army records were peaches, grapes, currants, regular cherries and the common berries plus gooseberries. There was no need of women for canning purposes - a man could drink his way from one harvest season to another, and we know they had beans, acorns and plenty of deer and antelope on the hoof or hook to help metabolize all that alcohol. These cheery fellows were drinking in ancient traditions. Roman legionnaires found Celtic "sidra" imbibers in northern Spain and even in Britain where there were abundant crab-apples. The very word "cider" comes from an ancient Semitic word for tipsy. A 1785 diary said that when Governor Fages with his presidio escort and native guides rode up from Vallecito to Cuyamaca village, friendly unarmed Indians came forth to offer him a snort of mescal. This is a strong distilled liquor of pulque, fermented agave juice. A vexing mystery is - who distilled it and how? The Massachusetts Bay Colony was not too puritanical for cider, which became a kind of liquid asset for payment of church tithes and rent. Cider was the most drunk beverage in colonial America, and joined in the westward ho and flow of manifest destiny's human tide. If your cider went bad sloshing to and fro in your Conestoga wagon, at least you could count on having vinegar for pickling, cleaning or as a condiment for your "miner's .salad". After the Julian mining camp got established, nice plump, sweet apples were wanted for eating. The Wells Fargo stages already brought potent swill of grain-based beverages from San Diego. Jim Madison and Tom Brady brought starter trees down from San Bernardino and soon there were said to be yields of 600 pounds of bellflower apples from a single tree. Their homesteads have been located. The Reid ranch at the former Coleman Road tollhouse [Wynola Estates entrance] had another orchard by the road. Antonia took her apples to the city with horse and wagon. Our Wells Fargo agent, Chester Gunn, had the biggest crop. This was on his "Summit Ranch" one mile north of town, where a windmill stands today. The orchard is pictured in an 1883 lithograph. To fully appreciate the synergism between man and apple, check out the DVD "The Botany of Desire" at our favorite library. It shows that really good apples "don't just grow on trees." Nature needed to be tweaked by man, and vice versa. Watch this great DVD with a cool, clear glass of cider, available at several local shops. I don't care much for ttle stuff but you might try it - as a patriotic fermented homage to Cockney Bill and our American apple history. Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen but understanding it for the first time. -- Albe?t Szent-Gyorgyi By the time a )erson turns 18, he or she will have spent 12,000 hours in school. BOOKKEEPING SERVICE and Office File Organization Julie Press Bonded, 28 Yrs Experience QuickBooks Premier, Pro & Online QuickBooks Payroll Let me train you to do it yourself/ jdaisy79@hotrnail.con] 760 765 5856 ANTHONYJ, ROMAN0 Attorney-At-Law Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business and Water Law (619) 696-9916 1901 First Avenue, Suite 110 San DiegO, CA, The Julian News 7 A Day with Michael Hart by Lauren Vandewalle Julian Jr. High Publicity Director On January fourteenth, Michael Hart came to Club Timberwolf at Julian's Junior High School. Mr. Hart, writer/photographer/owner/ editor of Julian Newsl and the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce in Julian, ~alked to us about his life before he came to Julian, his work at the~ulian News, and also how we can participate in the newspaper. It w~s an amazing experience to be able to get to know one of Julian's most well-known citizens. Mr. Hart began his[ work at a radio station. He was also a newsperson and a DJt When Mr. Hart moved up to Julian, the trip down to the radio stat loves communication the title of Julian New newspaper was physic hand. Obviously, Mr. H been doing for so man' When you buy you Hart had to have the on Monday morning fo= advertisements, taking make him laugh), and the layout is sent to tt published. There are country, and there us{ things for just one edit( Mr. Hart's dream is t( have to write a single happened to him at the articles, or even drax a week a half page in the new,, he'd love that, too, if pe, coming to town" as Mr. Mr. Hart is another of to meet him, I think it v where many people c( and deserves a huge p; a town with people as ( on became a dilemma. Being someone who Nith people, he took a risk. The result was s' owner! That was six years ago, when the d, meaning that it had to be arranged partly by art has put a lot of time into his work that he's years with the help of his wife. newspaper each week, consider this: Mr. ayout of that very newspaper ready at 5:30 'printing. That includes collecting articles and pictures, selecting political cartoons (any that a whole lot of typing, all done by him. Once ~e printer, 2,000 issues, 14 pages each, are subscribers to the Julian News all over the ~d to even be some in Paris! 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