Saturday, October 03, 2009

Honeycrisp Apples


Usually my food posts feature something I have cooked.  But today I intend to blather on about Honeycrisp apples.   I do my best to buy local, fresh and in-season produce.  That's a pretty easy practice to follow come fall apple season; there are plenty of local apple crops to choose from.  But no apple can match up with the Honeycrisp variety.

It's a relatively new apple, the result of a University of Minnesota breed made of Macoun and Honeygold apples.  The University still owns the patent and growers must pay the University to get the seeds.  So this apple does cost a bit more in the market.  But let me note here and now that it's worth it.

I've been buying Honeycrisps for the last few years, ever since they first appeared at my local Wegmans.  Seen in my kitchen fruit bowl, this year's crop are amazingly large and as sweet and crisp as the name implies.  Every year, Wegmans sells out of Honeycrisp and I'm always disappointed when the time comes to switch to another variety.  There is no better apple for your eating pleasure.  You should get some......but not from my local Wegmans, please.  Go find your own.

3 comments:

Chelle said...

Our favorite orchard now has honeycrisps, which are my friend RT's favorite. Since RT and I have a tradition of apple picking each fall a few are sure to find their way into my bag. The only drawback is that honeycrisps are an earlyish apple and red delicious (my favorite when fresh off the tree) are a later apple.

Nichole said...

Honeycrisps are my FAVORITE!! I wish we could figure out some crazy, nature-fooling, corporate way to get them all year. Is that so wrong? :)

Shereen said...

After tasting my first honeycrisp 2 years ago, I bought a tree. Well, it was more of a twig, really. But I should, with any luck, have my first batch of homegrown honeycrisps next fall. Talk about deferred gratification. But I can't wait for the first one of those delectable lovelies that's actually from our own tree.