I thought I’d found a perfect apple. It was a “Honey Crisp,” so you know it was expensive. But they are so delicious, so I paid over $2.00 for this apple. I figured at that price it should be without mar or wrinkle. I decided it may have been the only perfect one in the bin. By the
way, I come from the generation that remembers apples sold for fifty cents a bushel.
As it sat on our kitchen counter it looked so shiny, its red and green skin without flaws. While imagining the juicy, sweetness of my last “Honey Crisp,” I decided, it was time to enjoy this extravagant treat. On it was a small sticker which I carefully removed. It read No. 3283, the information I needed to identify it on the store’s scale. On one end of the sticker were the words, “Honey Crisp,” on the other end it said “Super Fresh Growers.” The rest of this tiny label was taken up by a bar code. Yes, all of this information on a very small label. As I carefully lifted it off my apple, disappointment struck, and what to “my wandering eyes should appear” but a spot. It wasn’t the perfect apple I suspected it to be. I felt like writing to “Super Fresh Growers” and compliment them on their good vision. Out of the whole circumference of the apple their “spot finder” hit it right on the nose.
Only a few years ago, I remember seeing this variety of apple for the first time, and during those years it has grown in popularity. At one time, it was slated to be discarded and instead it has become a prized commercial commodity. It was developed in the 1960’s at Minnesota University, was introduced to markets in the 1990’s and is now the state fruit of Minnesota. It’s a hybrid and one of its parents is the Keepsake apple. It’s other parent is unidentified. It is a cultivar which means that it is the product of intentional cross breeding. Its patent has long since run out, so the apple has become more plentiful.
We can’t talk about apples without remembering the slogan, “An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away.” It’s been said that it must be simple, easy and fast or people won’t take care of their health. The apple helps boost your immune system, prevents heart disease, is a great source of vitamin C, protects your brain from brain disease and much more. So
do Americans eat an apple a day? Nowhere close, on average Americans consume twenty pounds of apples a year which comes around to only one apple a week.
Can the “Honey Crisp” really taste so much better than all the others? There are so many varieties to compare it with: Empire, Fujii, Golden Delicious, Macoun, McIntosh, Northern Spy, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Rome, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Cameo. Have I missed some? The “Honey Crisp” tastes sweet and has very little trace of acidity. I did read that it bruises easily. Maybe the growers and packers do the best they can getting apples in the stores exempt of spots and bruises. After all the apple is capable of doing for me, a spot here or there won’t hurt me. Guess I won’t write to the grower after all. But finding that tiny spot surely took an eagle eye.
Some shirlandyou readers may have thought that I was going to give you tips on my favorite spot removers. I do have a couple. I keep a Tide-To-Go in my purse and my favorite laundry stain remover is Oxi Clean. The bottle says that you can “see it work!” and that is true. I’m waiting to hear your thoughts on apples and spot removers, quite a combo, isn’t it?