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Regional types of apple trees

Regional types of apple trees

Regional types of apple trees have evolved some according to the seasonal climate.  United states is a large exporter of quality fruit. Here are some apples that are common to the US markets. In the past, there have been only a couple different kinds of apple trees that you could buy. But now, thanks to the wonders of genetic engineering, if you want to buy an apple tree you are able to choose between many different types of apples and flavors. Here I will outline five different popular types of apples that you can consider for your first apple tree.

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Regional types of apple trees and Fuji

First introduced in Japan, the Fuji apple has been around since 1962. The Fuji apple has yellow-green skin with red streaks down the side. The inside is delicious and sweet. It is white, firm, crunchy, and very flavorful. It becomes ripe in the middle of September, but tastes the best if it is left to fully mature until October or November. These apples will start growing early and grow in abundance. They are good for pollinating other apples. The Fuji tree can tolerate wet, dry, or poor soil, but the fruit quality will most likely reflect the quality of the soil. The apples always taste the best when they are fresh, and are great for cooking.

Gala apples

Gala apples are a wonderful tasting import from New Zealand. The Gala apple has yellow skin with a slight hint of red, and it is medium sized. The insides are yellow, very juicy, firm, crisp, and smell excellent. When they are fresh they are one of the best tasting apples you can grow. They grow quickly, and the trees bear heavily. They become ripe in late July. They are generally not used for cooking, just because Fuji is a better alternative. The trees can grow in wet, dry, and poor soil as well.

Delicious Brae Burn apples

The delicious Brae Burn apples’ color varies from gold with red streaks to almost completely red. It was first popularized some time in the late 1940’s. It was also originally from New Zealand along with the Fuji, and is now the best selling apple in Germany. The insides are white, crisp, aromatic, firm, and juicy. They are sweet, but also slightly tart. The size varies from medium to large. They were introduced to the United States around 1980, and met with great enthusiasm. They are some of the most popular apples in the world. They generally don’t become brown too quickly after being cut. They become ripe around October or November.

Red delicious apples

As red as its name proclaims, the Red Delicious apple is very tall and large. Their yellow insides are crisp, sweet, juicy, and delicious. They are grown across the country, and are great to put in salads. They are usually recognized by their distinct heart shape. They were first introduced in 1874 in Peru, Iowa. They become ripe in mid to late September. They are usually best when they are fresh off the tree.

Golden delicious apples

Golden Delicious apples have great, juicy flavor. Their insides are firm, white, crisp and sweet. They are great for cooking because even when they are cooked or baked they keep their great taste and shape. The skin is thin and soft. They are great for salads. They range in size from medium to large. They are shaped much like the red delicious apple. The insides are crisp, juicy, sweet, and mild. Many people enjoy them, although they bruise rather easily. They become ripe in late September. They are good for many purposes, and they last a long time if not handled roughly.

Apple cultivation history in Europe and in Nordic Finland

Apples crop is most likely started in different parts of Europe and Asia about 4000-5000 years ago, when people began to worry about the good harvest of wild apple trees in order to win. Seedling  apple trees from seeds spread from continent to continent. During ancient of times apple trees were cultivated in ancient Greece and Italy. There also bred new varieties. Later in the apple-growing spread in Central Europe, particularly through the monastery gardens. Over the centuries, apples still developed well adapted to northern climates varieties.

In Finland the first apple orchard experiments of the 1400s

In Finland, the apple crop has started no earlier than the 1400s and became widespread in mansions and office buildings during 16 century. During the lean hunger years of the 17 century, almost all of the apple trees of Finland died. 1800’s brought a lot of new seedlings from Estonia, Germany and Russia. These trees and their seedlings brought to Finland have adapted to the climate and has a  diverse genetic heritage.

Local apple varieties have been known in Finland for decades. Apples are grown commercially most in the Åland Islands and the mainland in the south-west and in the archipelago, and it is the most important crop of home gardens givers.  Many regions of the world have their own unique story about an apple tree that sprung up in their own fruit orchard and adapted well to that particular region.

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How to grow fruit trees

How to grow fruit trees

How to grow fruit trees and why you should be caring for your fruit trees when planting them.

If you have just recently planted a new fruit tree, I think it is safe to assume you are not yet an expert on the subject. More fruit trees die in their beginning years due to poor care habits than any disease or pestilence. Therefore it is vital that you understand how to care for trees in a way that will ensure their immediate success as well as future good health.

How to grow fruit trees
Beautiful smiling young woman with fruit harvest

During the first stages of the tree’s life, the roots, trunk, and branches have not yet fully developed to a self supporting strength. Therefore if your tree is growing fruits, occasionally the combined weight is enough to snap off an entire branch. If this is the case, you should provide external support for your branches – prop them up with boards, or tie them to something at a higher altitude. As long as you can provide your tree the support it needs in these early years, it should grow to be independent in no time at all.

How to grow fruit trees successfully every-time

Proper nutrition is not only necessary for the production of healthy fruits, but is also necessary for the tree to survive longer than one season. The exact specifications vary with the area, climate, and type of tree, but I’ve found that there is no better source than a nursery employee. Maybe they’re just eager to sell you the right type of fertilizer, but in my experience they are almost never wrong. Just inform them about the conditions your tree is living in and how healthy it is looking, and they should be able to help you find something to improve the state of your tree.

Lots of people think that the only way to ensure a tree’s healthiness is to provide it insane amounts of water. This is not the case at all. As a matter of fact, giving too much water to a tree can be more harmful than making it go thirsty. At the best it will have a negative effect on the taste of the fruit. But at worst, your entire tree could die and prevent you from ever growing fruit in the future. So do not ever try to solve your problems by giving it lots of water! Solve your tree’s health problems at the root, so to speak. Go to where the problem originates from, and fix that.

If it is too late and you’re already starting to see unhealthy branches that look either diseased or damaged, you should always remove them. If the tree is wasting nutrients by sending them out to the branch that cannot be saved, it is practically throwing away all the nutrients that it could use on the other, healthier branches. As soon as you start to see a branch that is deteriorating or becoming unhealthy, chop it off right away. At the very least, trim down the unhealthy part but leave all the segments that still look like they could continue growing.

Once your tree has started to enter the picking stage, never leave any of the fruit on the ground that is bound to fall. Also, be careful to get every piece off of the tree. Even if it is an ugly looking fruit that you don’t want to keep, you should still pick it and throw it away. Once these fruits begin to rot, they provide a perfect home for unwanted insects or diseases that can transfer to the tree itself. So always remember to rake up these fallen fruits, and prevent yourself a lot of future grief.

Getting a fruit tree and caring for it throughout its life can be a daunting task. It may even seem impossible sometimes to keep track of all the factors that make a tree healthy. But if you just pay attention to the nutrients that your tree needs, you should be on a good path. In addition to nutrients, figure out the precise amount of watering that you should be doing to keep your tree’s thirst quenched without drowning it. Just do all these things, and you will have a great tree that produces delicious fruits.

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Creative New Ideas for New Year 2016

Creative new ideas for New Year 2016

Creative new ideas for New Year 2016 is a push from a creative spirit and good will.  Not only that but also consciously focused determination to be a positive force and make ripples on the Wide World Waters of the Internet Sea, while being convinced at the same time that this really is a good idea. Meaning; sharing something positive with the people on the other end of this multimedia line. Communications with today’s digital technology. Nothing more nothing less, simply communications.

Creative new ideas for New Year 2016

Living  a spiritual free life.

A healthy spiritual Life is meant to be lived freely; a healthy spiritual life should follow the contours of the invisible natural laws and also have respect to humanity. If short of inspiration in the beginning of the New Year?  Then do take the time to consider the natural world environment.

The Natural environment of the world

In the natural environment, there is a great deal of real life going on that is nothing short of inspiring. Each year the autumn falls and the winter set in, and the past spring season and summer season life died away.  Consequently, each the spring season comes around again and gives birth to new life in the environment.

In the natural environment, there are trees, shrubs plants and flowers. All of these things can be a meaningful time to think and to consider, how life dies and gives birth to new life. Comparing to the human creativity and technology, like art, craft, textiles and homemaking, photography, videos and other sources of multimedia, the natural environment is truly visually inspiring, and it is so fantastic with biodiversity.

Creative new ideas for New Year 2016 and beyond

Creative new ideas for New Year 2016 is a good start for a possible better future, there is no harm in being positive however dim your world may be at this moment of time.  A positive attitude is a great asset to have, because you can take it with you where ever you go. You can pack your backpack and take some lunch, including fresh drinking water, and then go to the great outdoors and explore the land with trees, creeks and rivers, shrubs and plants, hills and mountains. And while out there in the great outdoors then take out your positive attitude and look around, and see the real world in the real light. The reality light of the outside world can shine light into your inner world of it is filled with darkness or sadness. The reality should be so that there is real light on the outside and the inside, then the whole being can go on in life free as a bird, singing positive happy songs all day long.

Thank you for visiting www.Nordiccuisine.eu and reading this article, I hope this was useful and practical for you.  Make and fill your next year with Creative new ideas for New Year 2016.  Cheers!

Happy New Year Japan tokyo 2015

Happy New Year Japan Tokyo 2015

This is the original and official video for the Tokyo, Japan New Years Fireworks Show – HD 2015.

Happy New Year Japan Tokyo 2015 花火大会 2015 東京の花火大会

Happy New Year 2015 we wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments.

May the year 2015 be your best year yet!

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The world may be cracking up in many places like a sourdough bread in a hot oven, but don’t lose hope, it ought to settle down sometime soon when the heat cools down.
Thank you for your keen effort in roaming the world wide waters of the internet and landing on this one tiny net of a website. Grateful for visitors and for everyone’s enthusiasm in 2015, and really look forward to creating new fresh content in the new year coming up soon.

Cheers to the New Year!

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Wishing you a Happy Holiday season for everyone.
Here’s to a little bit of Einstein in everyone, and for the potential challenges of the New Year in 2015.

Albert Einstein

“I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance, because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being, and seems to make the day’s work like a happy child at play”.

– Simran Khurana

For more information please do visit website http://christmasinlapland.net for more information on the Arctic Finland.

Happy New Year Japan Tokyo 2015 花火大会 2015 東京の花火大会

Happy New Year 2015 we wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments.

May the year 2015 be your best year yet!

Happy new year 2015
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The world may be cracking up in many places like a sourdough bread in a hot oven, but don’t lose hope, it ought to settle down sometime soon when the heat cools down.
Thank you for your keen effort in roaming the world wide waters of the internet and landing on this one tiny net of a website. Grateful for visitors and for everyone’s enthusiasm in 2015, and really look forward to creating new fresh content in the new year coming up soon.

Cheers to the New Year!

Happy New Year Japan tokyo 2015
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Wishing you a Happy Holiday season for everyone.
Here’s to a little bit of Einstein in everyone, and for the potential challenges of the New Year in 2015.

Albert Einstein

“I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance, because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being, and seems to make the day’s work like a happy child at play”.

– Simran Khurana

For more information please do visit website http://christmasinlapland.net for more information on the Arctic Finland.

Salla holiday Review video

 Salla holiday Review video

Salla holiday Review video with destination highlights, accommodation and restaurant services.

Salla holiday destination has many activities for guests, visitors and holiday makers, restaurants and accommodation, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoes treks, safaris and more…

Salla holiday Review video

Salla holiday Review video presents many of the services available at the Salla holiday destination, some of these highlights are cozy Nordic style log cabin accommodation with an open fireplace, holiday activities, toboggans, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowmobile safaris and quality restaurant food services.

Accommodation at Salla

Accommodation at Salla where I have personally stayed is the Sallan Tunturi Tuvat (Salla Tundra Cottages). It is located North East of the Salla town near the Salla Tundra mountain and close to the Salla Ski resort with alpine skiing, ski lifts, cross country skiing and snowmobile safaris. It takes about 20 minutes by bus to travel between the Salla town and the Salla Tunturi Tuvat.

Retaurant Kiela

Restaurant Kiela is located at the Salla Tunturi tuvat, the restaurant has been renovated just recently during 2014 and will have the grand opening in December 2014. You can see pictures of the restaurant by visiting the Sallan Tuvat website or their Facebook fan page.

 

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Alpine skiing and ski lifts at Salla Tundra

Alpine skiing is available with several ski runs off the Salla tundra mountain, the lifts are t-bar ski lifts that run the skiers up the ski slopes while being upright standing on the skies or snowboard.  There are also toboggan slopes at a specific toboggan slope. Ski, snowboard and toboggan rentals available at the Salla tundra services. Snowmobile safaris are also available from the Sallan Tunturi Tuvat, contact the reception for more details.

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Traditional Nordic Lapland style log cabins

Traditional Nordic Lapland style log cabins are widely used in the Salla Tundra region, they are very solid robust round log cottages and larger building, many have open fireplaces for the extra white Christmas family presence. Log cabins are designed for the extreme cold winter conditions by the layers of insulation and effective heating, all responsible accommodation services ensure that the cabins are pre-warmed and ready for their visitors.  My stay at the log cabin cottages at Salla tundra tuvat were very much comfortable and warm, and especially the sauna house was fantastic and great after a being outdoors all day out snowboarding or a snowmobile safari, there is nothing better than spending 20-30 minutes in a hot sauna house recovering from the days physical activities. Watch these videos and visit the Salla Tunturi Tuvat Facebook fan pages to learn more about their holiday season accommodation availability and holiday season recreational activities available this December Christmas 2014 and beyond to the new year 2015.  Thank you for visiting and watching this video of the Salla holiday review video. Happy New Year 2015.

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Nordic cuisine roots

Nordic cuisine roots and the early modern history of Lapland in Finland.

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Nordic cuisine roots are deep in the soil of the land and the waterways

Nordic cuisine roots in  north Finland are deep in the biodiversity of the environment, the marshes, clean fresh water streams, peat swamps, small crystal clean tundra ponds, lakes and rivers.  The thriving natural environment of fauna and flora facilitates a platform for the fish, for the game birds and all the animals that make it their seasonal habitat to live in, the game birds stay throughout the year and it is only the migration birds that migrate south for the winter.  The far north environment hibernates during the long winter season but surprisingly it comes back with a flowering spring season, full of life in the late spring summer season, promising and offering the migration birds with a rich environment for feeding on mosquitoes.  It is the mosquitos that lures the birds to fly many thousands of kilometers north for their nesting season and for a mega feast of insects, earthworms, berries, mushrooms and bugs, no bird goes hungry during the summer season.

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Look back in history to the early people of current Lapland

The Fennoscandia was populated by Nomadic peoples, that travelled light and used reindeer for carting their luggage, firewood and other supplies that they needed in the various seasons. The summer season was favourable to be down at the low altitude of the Arctic Sea, fish to be caught and harvested when the sea waters were accessible without the intense labor of hacking through thick ice. Reindeers are nomadic by nature like so many other grazing animals that they go where the natural environment provides food at the given time.  The growth of plants and grass can be affected by the position to the sun and shade, rainfall and a wind, and the nature of the soils.  A deep topsoils with a groundcover will support life even if the water drains and evaporates over time, the reindeer’s like to feed on mushrooms during the late summer and the autumn season. . The melting of the winter snow and ice does affect the water levels in the rivers and creeks that are often governed by watersheds. Nordic cuisine roots can be traced right back to the previous ice age some 10 000 years ago. It is the natural environment that provides food that support life, it is the fauna and flora that adapts to the climate and the seasonal changes.  It was the early nomadic peoples, the indigenous and the early pioneers that walked and travelled on the planet looking for better feeding grounds, climate-friendly homes and natural supplies that would keep them and their families alive towards the unknown future.

 

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Glow baked salmon

Glow baked salmon naturally

Glow baked salmon is called “loimulohi” in Finland (loimu =glow, lohi=salmon), it is a traditional cooking method that is both practical and very effective way to get a high quality caramelized surface to a large salmon filet.

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The cooking equipment needed to prepare the glow bakes salmon are very minimal.

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Cooking equipment and utensils.

  • Knife to filet the fish
  • salt
  • wooden blank and large 2-inch nails
  • extra piece of timber or rocks to support the plank almost vertical
  • firewood and kindling
  • matches to light the fire

Slow cooking method

Glow baked salmon is a slow cooking method that takes about 60-90 minutes for a large filet of salmon to caramelize on the surface, the highlight of the cooking method is the golden brown caramelized surface of the fish filet.

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How to prepare the fish and the fireplace

  1. Salmon is fileted and the filet salted for about 2 hours.
  2. The fire can be made well in advance so that there is a steady glowing of heat from the wood coals.
  3.   The salmon is then nailed to a flat timber plank with the flesh outwards.
  4. Work out the distance from the fire to the plank, by placing your hand there for 20 seconds without burning it. Remember. It is a slow cooking method.
  5. The plank is then set up slightly leaning out of the vertical position so that the heat from the fire is reached all over the filet surface.
  6. You may need an extra piece of timber or use natural rocks to hold the plank in a vertical position.
  7. Once the fish flesh heats up it will begin to weep natural fats, every 20 minutes turn the plank upside down so that the fat is distributed over the flesh and helps to caramelize the filet. keep turning the plank until the fish is fully caramelized and cooked.
  8. You may serve the cooked salmon according to the occasion, if it is simply a fishing camping trip then rye bread with cucumber, tomato and salad is fine. If it is more of a dinner setting then serve it with boiled potatoes, tomato, cucumber and red onion salad with lemon vinaigrette.

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Glow baked salmon enjoyed in the wild outdoors setting

Glow baked salmon is great because it is a very practical cooking method outdoors and the results is absolutely superb, the salmon fish is highly prized especially when camping outdoors in the wild and catching while being adventurous.

Here is a video link from the Baltic Herring festival that i visited in the Autumn of  2014. Baltic Herring festival Pori 2014.  There you can see the high quality caramelized glaze on the salmon filet being demonstrated.  The flambe seen in the video is done using Cognac liqueur for additional classic European flavors.

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Nordic Cuisine

Nordic Cuisine

Nordic Cuisine has a distinctive environment, fauna, flora, seasons and climate.

Nordic Cuisine reflects the inland waters, land, soil, air and the sea.

Nordic cuisine is really about the geographical environment of the Nordic region, the habitat of the land has adjusted and adapted to the many extreme climate changes over the many tens of thousands of years to present the many varieties of berries, mushrooms, vegetables, plants, trees, the freshwater fish of the inland lakes and game birds and game animals that humans have consumed for their food and nutritional needs for a very long time.  Watch the above video for more information about the Nordic Cuisine.

The freshwater rivers

The fresh water rivers of the far north Nordic region are in most part clean and fresh, they really are unique picture going back in time to when the global warming melted the Ice Age some 8 000 BC.  The ice melted and there was a lot of runoff fresh water from the very thick slab of ice, at some places it was 2000 meters thick over the far north Gulf of Bothnia. Gulf of Bothnia.

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The Land

The land bears many marks from the Ice Age, the many small lakes and ponds are also a reminder of the imprints that the Ice Age left behind in a relatively short time ago Geologically.

The most predominant influences on Finland’s geography were the continental glaciers that scoured and gouged the country’s surface. When the glaciers receded about 10,000 years ago, they left behind moraines, drumlins, and eskers. Other indications of their presence are the thousands of lakes they helped to form in the southern part of the country. The force of the moving ice sheets gouged the lake beds, and melt waters helped to fill them. –Wikipedia.

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The soils and the vegetation.

The soils vary from a sandy soil of the West Coast to Inland, East Finland, and Northern Finland. Obviously, the climate also plays a part in forming the fauna and flora that ends up in the soil over time. The West coast inland ten of more kilometers is very sandy, due to the sea being over the land for many tens of kilometers many thousands of years ago. Flat land that resembles wide ancient river beds has been turned into useful farming land and forest plantations where the ancients berry plants continue to thrive as they have thrived for tens of thousands of years.

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