Just wanted to let you know, that if you live in the apple-growing regions of North America-the honeycrisps have arrived. The best apple ever, IMHO, for eating out of hand, and the season lasts only a few weeks. They keep pretty well in the fridge, though, so I've stuffed mine full of as many as I could get. I have gone on about these apples so effusively already that I feel it would be unseemly to say much more. I just didn't want you to miss them.
If you'd like to hear another take on my favorite pippin-type apple of all time, check out what anapestic has to say. I did not pick my own, but I'm gloating over them, just the same. I will just add, since I don't think I've said this before, that I really never saw the point of a Waldorf Salad before I met up with the honeycrisps several years ago, and now, I'm making them often. This is an ideal salad apple for fruit salads, too.
A Waldorf Salad involves cubed apples, mayonaisse, celery or fennel, chopped walnuts (preferably toasted), salt, pepper and celery seed. You can serve it on a bed of crisp lettuce if you like. With the honeycrisps, this plain old standby is a revelation.