Skip to comments.WHAT happened to apples?
Posted on 11/21/2012 11:59:47 AM PST by SE Mom
Sooo...today I'm making my annual Thanksgiving apple crisp, a labor intensive project (peel, core and slice 2-3 dozen apples).
I went to the store and bought 2 bags of Rome and Granny Smith with a few loose Mac's and Golden Delicious. I noticed none of them had that apple fragrance but brought them home and started peeling and slicing.
Wait a second...none of them have an apple scent even when I cut them open..wonder how they taste..sliced off a few bites from each variety and what do you know..they don't TASTE like apples. They LOOK gorgeous..but they taste ...like...cold, crispy, crunchy...nothing. NOTHING!!!!!
What the hell have they done to apples? Are they being genetically engineered now to look great but taste..blah? Did Michelle outlaw flavor in fruits to decrease our sweets intake? Is there a grinch somewhere who stole all the real apples?
Anyone else finding this happening with apples and/or other fruits?
Try PInk Lady, aka Cripps Pink. Sweet, tart, crisp, flavorful, and juicy. IMHO everything you could want in an apple.
Fiat apples. Nothing there.
They may very well be from last season !!!
They could be up to 3 years old as proper storage and gas can keep them that long. I suppose they could have been picked green and gassed to change color but they were not ripe like they do to tomatoes.
No conspiracy. Just this time of the year, they are picked early to fill the big demand. They are artificially ripened (I believe they are put in rooms filled with CO2 or something like that) so they are ripened without a chance for the sugars to build up.
six last seasons, but still look good and have a cold crunchy crisp. ping that to the prepper threads?
I thought of that too...but this is the first time I’ve ever had this experience. All these different varieties- you’d think one of them would have a little flavor.
Next year I’ll have my friend in Vermont mail me some fresh ones!
They'll be back once the drought situation lifts.
Find a local farmer’s market and start buying your produce there. Not only will you be buying from local growers, but the food just tastes better. Tomatoes are sweet. The carrots actually have flavor and don’t taste like fiber sticks. Apples are appley! We actually found Pippins at our farmer’s market last weekend. That was exciting because my mother claims they make the best apple pies and I’ve never been able to find Pippins in the grocery stores - even the “organic” ones.
Yes, SE Michigan apples took a frost hit, but the local orchard has great apples. The price went up $2.00 a bag, but would take them over grocery store apples any time. Orchard apples smell and taste wonderful. The apples from the grocery store have tough skins along with the lack of flavor.
They’ve been frozen for 3 years. At least.
We buy from a local farmers market or pick our own from the orchards in north Idaho and Eastern Washington - apples are just as good as always....
Apples can be a mysterious fruit, with inconsistences from one specimen to another even in the same bag. I have changed the particular variety preferred several times, and few if any approach what flavor I remember from tree-ripened apples in my youth (some sixty years ago). Those were smaller, tended to be afflicted with worms and/or apple scab, and were often irregular in shape, would never have survived a trip to a market.
But they were especially good if it was somebody else’s tree.
And you know who froze them!
Look for organic honey crisp apples or Fuji.
At the store, insist on a taste of the apple before you buy.
Organic honey crisp are very good. Sweet, with a bit of tart and a great, sharp bite, and juicy. Fuji are too, even a little tarter.
Drove up to NYS this past fall, and the apples were terrible. Lack of rain last year did them in. We drove around and it was the same story every where we went. It was up in the apple country, and it would have been cheaper to buy apples in the local Wynn Dixie.
Know your farms. I believe the great ones I am buying are from Washington state. So unaffected by Midwest early freeze.
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