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An Apple to Rule Them All
If you’re like me you love apples, every kind and every kind of product from pie to cider to sauce. All my life I looked for the perfect apple (well if I’m being honest I didn’t really look all that hard more like experimented with what was available). Galas were sweet but not crisp enough, granny smith have the perfect crispness without the sweetness. It all seemed futile until one autumn when I was introduced to an apple that rules them all: the honeycrisp.
We have science and the University of Minnesota to thank for this gift, a result from their apple breeding program in 1960. They cross bread macouns, a red crisp and tart apple from the east coast with a honey gold, a sweet yellow apple, resulting in what we now call a honeycrisp apple. It’s a mid-sized apple that is mostly pink or light red with yellow hues. You get the best of both worlds with this apple, the sweet and fruitiness without losing any crispness.
In my opinion there has never been a perfectly universal apple that does it all, until I discovered the honeycrisp. The best apples to eat raw or to cook with, you truly have the best of all worlds with this piece of fruit. The apple’s crisp tartness satisfies any craving and has the perfect flavor for any apple recipe. Anytime I bake a pie or make something that calls for granny smith apples I always substitute with honeycrisps with great success (assuming I’m making it while the apple is in season).
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and nothing is perfect, just like the honeycrisp. They’re not the easiest apple to grow and suppliers are usually only in northern states and patents on this man made miracle create limitations. In my opinion they grow and are available in far too short a season, about 2 months from September to November. The best apples usually start at the end of September and end in the middle of October so the best apples are only really available for about a month. Of course you can refrigerate and store for up to 6 months but nothing compares to that freshness that only happens in early fall. At the very least like the beautiful leaves it brings, these apples give you one more reason to look forward to autumn.