A Spot Remover!

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

This is not the bin of apples I chose mine from. Nearly all of these look flawless.

This is not the bin of apples I chose mine from. Nearly all of these look flawless.

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

Huge and delicious, there are none nicer than these.

Huge and delicious, there are none nicer than these.

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?

15 thoughts on “A Spot Remover!

  1. I thought I was going to read how to spot clean a carpet…to my surprise I learned a apple a day will keep the Dr. away, better yet. Love your stories Shirley. ~Blessings~

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    • Hi Brenda: After posting this shirlandyou I thought my readers might be looking for tips on removing spots. I added a paragraph, I think I did this since you read my post. So glad you enjoyed it. I certainly do enjoy hearing from you.

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  2. Matt loves the Honeycrisp, but my favorite is still the Gala apple. At least you didn’t find a worm under the sticker. It’s too bad that fresh nutritious food is so expensive these days. But at least it is available!

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    • You’re right, Janine. It could have been worse. Would an apple with a worm in it be o.k. for Tilly’s horses? And, we should be very thankful for the great variety of apples available to us. Thanks for writing.

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  3. Expensive this year because we had a heavy frost right after the blossoms came out, hopefully next year will be better. Never tried this brand, I’ll have to give it a go, I do try to eat an apple a day because I heard on the radio that apples digest very slowly and will help to stave off the hunger until the next meal – so perfect snack I guess (plus we always seem to have them on hand since my Saturday group always bring apples for the horses) (o:

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    • You’ve give shirlandyou readers an even greater reason to eat an apple a day. What’s good for the horses is good for us, right? Thanks for writing Tilly, and for the Christian example you set before all of us. God bless.

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  4. I like apples, too and I don’t eat enough of them. My favorite ones are granny smith and gala; and I don’t think that you mentioned either of these in your blog. Granny smith apples are the ones that are usually used for baking in apple pies. They are also tart and crisp and I prefer eating them because they aren’t as sweet as other apples are. These apples are also a favorite among my parrots. Yes, parrots even seem to have their favorite apples, too!! LOL You must have “eagle eyes” to have spotted “the spot”.LOL Apples are one of the most delicoius fruits and it is also the fruit that Eve gave to Adam. Apples sure have been around for a long long time!!! They are hard to resist and most varieties are about $1.99 a pound here, in NJ.

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  5. We had an orchard of fruit trees at the Sweet Valley house…mostly apples and many varieties. We gave out apples for trick or treat when the candy ran out. Mom Ann canned applesauce which we ate everyday all year round. I’m with Janine…Gala has always been my favorite. I would climb the Gala tree when I was young and spend hours up there dreaming…sleeping and eating my full of Gala apples. Apples have many health benefits from head to toe…fights disease…Alzheimers…Parkinson’s…diabetes…heart…gallstones…all GI tract problems…detoxifies the liver… prevents cataracts…boosts the immune system…prevents tooth decay and keeps them strong and healthy…controls weight. So eat your apples…applesauce…drink cider…(we made cider every yr. from our apples) and the profits went to Maple Grove UMC. Dad always said he was a rich man when there was fruit in the house.
    And regarding the spot remover…I use “Spot Shot” blue bottle with orange spray top found in most stores.

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    • As I read your comment, Karen, I wondered if those apple trees are still standing in the center of Sweet Valley? I always appreciate your childhood memories. Considering that you lost your mother, could it be the rest of us don’t enjoy our memories as we should? Maybe we don’t remember them as well as you do. Thanks for writing Karen.

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  6. Joan and I first tried Honey Crisp last year while touring Eckert’s Orchards in Belleville IL. We really enjoyed them. Gala and Fuji are our other two favorites.

    Your turn of phrase is delightful. I’ve subscribed to follow your blog.

    Wade

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    • What a delight to hear from you and Joan, our Florida friends. I truly do appreciate your comments and hope you enjoy upcoming posts. You may be interested to note that the accompanying photos were taken at Detwiler’s fruit stand near SunNFun. I’m sure you’ve been there many times. Hope you’ll write again, Wade.

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  7. Perhaps it was just a coincidence that the one spot on that apple was covered over. It happened to me before. I once ordered 12 emergency backup batteries. The vendor accidently” put his re-order phone number stickers directly on each of the expired dates!

    I guess it’s easy to see spots that others cover up–not so much our own. It’s good that we have the ultimate spot remover!

    Col. 1:22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish…

    just in case we “accidently” cover up something!

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  8. I just knew that someone would post the fact that each of us will be without spot or wrinkle! What a comforting thought!

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