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Thursday, November 09, 2006

How you like 'dem apples?

Red Delicious? Passe (French for outmoded) and mush-ay (French-esque for mushy). McIntosh? Yawn. Granny Smith? Yummy (especially with a bit of peanut butter), I know, but ubiquitous.

Enter the Honey Crisp apple.

I’m almost afraid to bring them up, considering this delicious variety of pommes are difficult to find as it is. Thought to be the love child of the Macoun and Honey Gold varieties, the Honey Crisp is fabulous. From the first bite I took last fall, that perfect balance of sweet and crisp seduced my taste buds. I haven’t been able to really enjoy any other apple since.

If you see them (let alone see them on sale), click reply and tell me where. Send up a flare. Shoot an e-mail my way. Call me. Heck, stop by The Enquirer building and tell the security guard at the front desk that you have an important message for me.

Whatever you do, save one for me...



at 2:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can get a bag for $3.99 at Trader Joe's.

at 2:54 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Schweet... Thanks!

at 3:55 PM Blogger Julie Gaw said...

My personal favorite is the Harrelson apple, which was cultivated as a hardy northern apple at the University of Minnesota ag dept. It's super firm and crisp, and both sweet and tart - both good for eating AND fabulous for baking. I miss my fall days in Minnesota... Got them by mail order a couple years ago but they weren't nearly as good as going out to the farm. And now I can't even find the site to order them any more. Sigh.

In the meantime, I've been eating winesap from Beiersdorfer Orchard in Indiana (www.beiersdorferorchard.com). But right now, it looks like they are out of those and just have Paulared, McIntosh, Cortland, Ozark Gold, Grimes, Gala, Jonathan, and Red Delicious (that is, if their web site is up to date).

at 10:51 PM Blogger Rachel Richardson said...

I am an apple fanatic - seriously, a few years ago I was on a crusade to try every variety I could.

My favorite? The pink lady.. delightfully sweet yet with a hint of tartness.

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