A poet has to eat a fruit that rhymes

Posted by on February 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm.

I’ve always been an orange person.

During college, apples only fell into two categories of my life: decoration and Hooch ingredient. But, as I begin having a “real life” and I try to start eating more fruits and (when I can stomach it) veggies, I find that sometimes you just have to eat an apple. But I never really liked apples.

Apples have a couple problems for me. It’s not the core that bothers me, I can deal with that, it’s always been about the skin and the texture of the meat of the apple. I just don’t like the skin at all, and I want the meat to be crisp and not very soft.

This causes grocery store issues because, it has always seemed to me, that apples are one or the other, never both. In order to get a good crisp apple, you have to have a heavy skin.

As a child, my brother and I used to share apples in a way that solved this problem. He would eat the skin and then I would eat the rest. This isn’t really an option anymore. It was a lot cuter when we were 6 and 4, plus I don’t think the apples could hold up for the journey from Wisconsin to Florida.

Instead of giving up, I decided to consult Elliot, my friend who I considered most likely to be an expert on apple varieties. I was right, and it turns out he is the only of my friends who knows a lot about apple types and how they taste.

He first recommended the Gala. It was all right, but too sweet and not crisp enough for my liking. His next suggestion is the Fuji, which I’ll probably try as soon as I finish the set of Gala apples I have. I have high regards for Elliot’s capabilities as a connoisseur of apples and think he’s probably moving me in the right direction.

Of course, I am in Florida, so I’ll be eating more oranges, anyway.

One Comment

  • Aunt Nina says:

    Fuji are pretty good apples, a little more crisp than the Gala. After that, try the Honey Crisp (the ones from Eckert’s are the best) 🙂

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