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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 05:45 PM
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apples -- the eating kind not the computing kind
is it my imagination or have apples become less flavorful over the years?
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 05:47 PM
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1. It's the varieties grown for storage and transport rather than flavor.
If you can get local, seasonal fruit it tastes a million times better. Any fruit.
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 05:49 PM
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2. If you're buying the poorly-named "Red Delicious," probably. If
you're buying locally grown goodness, like Honeycrisps here in Minnesota, or something like a Haralson, you can still get some really tasty fruit.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 05:56 PM
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5. those might as well be made out of wax for all the (lack of) flavor
I've eaten up all the local apples I bought in the fall. I'm struggling to find something acceptable at the grocery store. Used to be my favorite fruit but now most of them taste nasty to me.
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 06:01 PM
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7. Boy, you got that right. Flavorless crunch is all those things are.
We've been lucky, lots of good apples still available here in MinneSnowTa :-)
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 05:50 PM
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3. I buy organic ones that are still okay, but otherwise yes you seem to be right.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 05:53 PM
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4. lately they have actually tasted better to me - I think it depends on where
you buy them, and where they are grown.
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quip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 06:00 PM
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6. Best tasting apples IMO are a relatively new cross-breed: Honey Crisp
Only since 1991; They are delicious!
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 06:03 PM
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8. Developed right here in Minnesota! They are indeed really good
I love the Haralsons too.
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quip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 06:16 PM
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10. They are related!
Honeycrisp is a cross between Macoun and Honeygold, which itself is a cross between Golden Delicious and Haralson!

:9 :hi:
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 06:04 PM
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9. Honeycrisps... Mmmmmm,..
And Haralsons make the best pies. But the so called "Delicious" apples aren't. They're bland and mushy.
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 06:20 PM
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11. The apples off my tree have been good every year. Might be a regional thing.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 06:37 PM
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12. Most store bought apples are not even ripe
Over the years apple growers have found mutations that allow red skin on an unripe apple. So they are plucked early before they are ripe. So you are eating unripe apples.

Honeycrisp, as mentioned above, are the way to go. Also the Jazz apple is a fine apple and are around longer than Honeycrisps (I still have 5 Honeycrisps left).

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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 06:38 PM
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13. I was never really a huge apple fan.
I always liked other fruits better.
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 07:05 PM
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14. depends on the kind
i got some pink ladies not long ago and they were wonderful
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 08:17 PM
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15. try a honey crisp
best damn apple I ever bit into
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