I bought a new fruit tonight called a Grapple, which is a special apple that has been soaked or something to have the texture and juiciness of a Fuji Apple and the taste of Concord Grapes. Enough of the science- on to my review.
It was awesome. I always refrigerate my apples for about 2-3 hours beore I eat them so they are crunchy and cool, and I did the same with this one.
They were pricy- four for $4.00, butI wanted to try something new. Since my favorite fruits are Bosc pears, Asian pears, and Red Delicious Apples (close runners up are raspberries and pineapple, followed by peaches, and strawberries), and, this was a real treat- the taste of grape with a texture I really like.
In short, go out and buy some, so they will begin to really mass produce these babies and the price will fall.
BTw- in case you are wondering- my favorite fruit/vegetable in the world is the tomato. I could eat 3-4 fresh tomatoes every day. I like em with salt and pepper, I like tomato sandwiches with mustard, tomato sandwiches with mayo, tomato salad, tomatoes with mozzerella, fresh basil, and olive oil. Don’t get me started, or I will started to sound like Bubba from Forrest Gump.
Oh- and take a slice of bread, throw two thick slices of tomato on it, cover it with a piece of cheese, and toast it in the over for a few minutes. Heaven on earth. I can’t wait for summer.
You’ve had fried green tomatoes, right? Yum!
I hope you braced yourself for the onslaught of invectives against “Frankenfoods” this will probably generate.
One of the best summer uses of fresh tomatoes is, IMHO:
A splash of olive oil, garlic, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, sauteed briefly and served over linguine. It’s manna from heaven.
I’ve done that one. But if you want your tomatoes uncooked:
Slice them, sprinkle with freshly mined basil, and then drizzle a little balsamic vinegar over the slices. If you want to add a little substance, a slice of fresh mozarella on top will do the trick.
Or if you’re just lazy, plain with a little salt and pepper.
“Don’t get me started, or I will started to sound like Bubba from Forrest Gump.”
It’s GOTTA be FRESH,mozarella, though.
Perfect summer salad. I can’t wait for fresh tomatoes.
And I don’t care if that makes me sound like Forrest Gump.
On a more serious note:
I think a lot of the uproar over GM foods is silly. Man has been breeding plants and animals to achieve desired results for millenia. (The chihuahua was NOT what God had in mind when he created dogs.) We’re just a lot more adept at the tweaks we make now.
Having said that, we need to be very, very careful when we use genetic engineering to manufacture drugs. Those are NOT genes you want running wild through the biosphere.
Thank you! This is the argument I was prepared to use should this have blown into a GM foods debate. The only difference between GM plants and animals and traditional breeding is that it’s now done in a laboratory setting as opposed to a field setting and can now be done at a faster pace.
You’re also dead on regarding use of genetic engineering to manufacture pharmaceuticals and the like. Every precaution needs to be taken to make sure these genes are not introduced into the natural environment where they could potentially outcompete the “wild type” gene.
I think probably the Vegans are terrified that some Meat genes will be spliced in, and ruin their pristine Veganosity.
Sure you don’t mean the Vogons…?
Sorry. That was uncalled for.
Yes, it was. But there’s no putting the Johnnie back in the bottle now.
My sincerest, most appreciative groans.
I went to my local hyper-food mart that carries everything, and I mean EVERYTHING (even durians). I wandered around trying to find damn Grapples and was convinced your were pulling my leg. I asked the produce person and he pointed me to the area where they had been 2 days ago. All sold out, but they do exist. I apologize for cursing your name in the store. (I love grape flavor).
P.S. I grow so many tomatoes that half rot on the vine. They’re the “volunteers” for next year’s crop. They now grow wild in the back yard.
Whew ! Glad I don’t live wherever y’all are. Grapples are “only” $2.00 for 4 here in South Texas ! And, they’re wonderful slathered with mascarpone cheese. Also, those fresh garden tomatoes are great sliced, stacked on buttered Oat Nut bread, sprinkled with cracked black pepper, and chopped fresh rosemary.
I went to every grocery store here in my area and none of the produce managers knew what I was talking about when I asked for Grapples. One “nice” manager gave me a lecture in horticulture explaining “It’s physically impossible to cross a grape and an apple because they are 2 different plants,” he said.
Well duh, I already knew what kind of plants that grapes and apples come from.
Yesterday I had to drive to the next town several miles away and I found some grapples. $5.59 for a sealed plastic container of 4 Grapples.
They were delicious. Now I need to know How they did that? Is it true they soak the apples in cool aide?
I read on a Google search online that they were developed in Eastern Washington.
Well I live in Eastern Washington and had not even heard about a Grapple until 3 days ago when a friend from West Virginia told me online during a chat session that she bought some in West Virginia.
Where can I find out more about Grapples? How do they do that?