I may be the last person to discover this, but I discovered a new apple! In general, I’m very picky about apples that I will eat, and the apple industry only have themselves to blame. Over the course of decades they’ve somehow managed to sap all the flavor out of the most common varieties of apples, either through genetic modification or just by picking them too early to ship them thousands of miles. I won’t touch red delicious, green delicious, golden delicious (none of these are delicious, they taste like sawdust to me). I also avoid Granny Smith (too tart). That pretty much leaves me with Fujis or the occasional Braeburn (if you can find it), which are alright but nothing I would go out of my way for (or write a blog post about).
I wondered exactly why my very smart husband, who knows my apple preferences, would even buy them. He told me they looked so good at the store – they had a slight orangey glow that he couldn’t resist. I didn’t realize at that point that they weren’t the hated golden delicious, I thought he’d just succumbed to a momentary lapse of reason.
Yesterday I found one in my lunch box and so I tried it. YOU MUST TRY THESE APPLES!! They’re called Opals. They are so good – nothing at all like golden delicious, they are deceptive that way! So crunchy, so sweet without being tart! So perfectly appley and good – just what you want an apple to taste like but they never do. It’s the Elemental Apple.