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Big Apple Jazz: Five Picks From The Orchard

There are thousands of apple varieties — even a new conventional breed called "Jazz." Much like the music which lends its name to this autumn delight, Jazz is a hybrid (Braeburn and Gala varieties, to be precise).

Oddly enough, New Zealand is now the capital of capital-J Jazz, but New York still retains its edge for the lowercase variety. (And we have apples, too, so take that, Aucklanders!) In the 1970s, the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau officially adopted the moniker "The Big Apple" for New York City. Outsiders might be hard-pressed (bad pun intended) to find an orchard within city limits, but local farms are just a short drive away. The time is ripe for planning that apple-picking day trip, so get the caramel ready for five crisp, fleshy jazz tunes related to a certain favorite fall fruit.

One of the tunes below is Charlie Parker's "Scrapple From the Apple." We'd like to know exactly how you make scrapple from the apple, so feel free to tell us in the comments below, perhaps with a recipe attached.

For more entries in the Take Five series, click here.

Copyright 2009 WBGO

Josh Jackson is the associate general manager for content at WRTI in Philadelphia.