Monday, October 14, 2013
Apples to Apples
I eat apples every day. Fall is my favorite time of year because my two favorite apples ever are in their peak form...Honeycrisps and Pink Ladies. I'm always amazed when people say they've never heard of or tasted either of them. Scandalous! I found out all kinds of interesting info about both kinds so if you've never had them and are curious (or you just want to learn something new today), read on!
Now, onto the Honeycrisps! They were first produced in 1960 when the honeygold and macoun were cross pollinated at the University of Minnesota but we couldn't get our hands on them until 1990. (I guess it's becoming clear I like nouveau apples instead of the ones that have been around since the beginning of time.) Honeycrisps are grown in areas with cooler climates such as Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Minnesota and Washington. The taste is like a drop kick to the tastebuds...a balance of sweet and tart that will grab your attention. Their season is short compared to Pink Ladies...from the third week of September to mid-October. That's right, that means you'd better get your hiney to the store and pick some up because their season is winding down! You can use them for pies but these can also be used for applesauce as well. There's a good bet that now that the weather is changing, there's a bag of honeycrisps in the car for 'road food.'
What are your favorite kinds of apples?
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