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The Corkdork

I, like Lenn, am also a PA native (Reading) and just returned to California from a visit to Altoona, my family hometown. I found myself missing scrapple and mush and frozen custards!

But apples --that is another thing that CA cannot match. The apples out here are nothing like the beauties in PA and New England. The best things in our farmer's markets are dull fujis. Ho Hum.

Thanks for making me think of those great apples. I wish I had some real Cider too! - CD

deccnaheffalump

"This apple is so crisp that you can hear it crunch in the next county."

Lindy, how one longs for apples like the Honeycrisps you have described.They sound absolutely delicious.
For some reason ( and I have to find out why), we don't seem to be getting many apples from our princial applegrowing regions, Kashmir and Kulu.They used to be a trifle tart but all the same very flavourful.Many apples are imported, they look good, and are not as crunchy or tasty as they look.
I think it might be due to chemical ripening rather than ripening on the tree.

Anyway Honeycrisps are something I am going to try if I ever find myself in that part of the world.!

lindy

Corkdork- Altoona! The curve!
I have been on the train and gone around it.
I have even seen an Altoona "Curve" minor league baseball game (after attending a meeting in Altoona for work).
It is such a cool old fashioned baseball park, I loved it. You are so close to the field, no matter where you sit.

Deccnaheffalump- I'm guessing that it may be mostly the time the imported apples spend traveling.
I think most apples are so noticeably superior as close to picking as possible. Vendors may think that because apples are still okay when stored, they might as well not rush them.

I wish I could hand you both one of these beauties right now, while they are at their best.

Anik

Oooh, Honeycrisp!

I have the privilige of having a father-in-law who is a highly talented fruit farmer, here in Southern Ontario, Canada. A few years ago, he proudly brought me the very first example of fruit bourne by a new (to him) cultivar he had incorporated into his apple orchard, an enormous, fantastic, mottled green and red honeycrip apple. I can still remember, with vivid detail, the sharp, almost violent crunch (crash?) of the first bite, and the rush of juice that ran down my chin like the best of the summer peaches.

Just this afternoon I had another of these princely fruit, and couldn't help but take an even half-dozen, for my kids and I to enjoy until the next time we visit the farm - tomorrow. :)

I'm delighted to hear that you enjoy them as much as I do!

lindy

Anik-You certainly are lucky to have such a father-in-law!
I'm taking some to work with me this morning to share with my office-mates.
Thanks for stopping by.

Amy

I've never heard of these apples, but they sound delicious. What a vividly written and thoroughly enjoyable post!

Amy

Just came by again to say thanks for this writeup! I wasn't even thinking of apples at the Farmers Market yesterday, and guess what I found a huge bin of? Yep, Honeycrisp. Remembering your post, I bought a few and WOW. Even though they travelled all the way here to FL, I loved them and my girls did, too. Thanks again.

lindy

Amy- So cool that you found them! Aren't they amazing?

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