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I was first introduced to Honeycrisp apple about 4 years ago. A dear friend of ours, Ed, shared with me how this is one of his all time favorite apples. I hadn’t ever heard of them before but after witnessing his excitement I knew that I had to keep my eyes open for them. My only experience with apples growing up was separating them visually by color; red, green and yellow ones. I never paid attention to the names of them or even gave it much thought they all had different flavor profiles. In fact, I have a funny story to share about that.
I started working full-time when I was 14 years old. We were living in Alaska and I got job working at a grocery store. Through-out my years of working there, I held various positions and did whatever was asked of me. One day I was approached by the store manager and he asked me if I was willing to come in on my day off and work in the produce department handing out apple samples. I agreed. I came in as requested and headed straight back to the produce area to set up my little sampling station. Even back then I was more into decorating and presentation of things so I spent the majority of my time fussing over my stand, trying to make it look pretty. The produce manager told me to set out one of each apple in a row and place cut up samples of each one in front of them. He left and I did as told. But as I stood back and looked at my station it just wasn’t pretty enough. What do they know, I thought. So, I hunted down a beautiful bowl from the floral department (used for making arrangements in) and took all my cut up samples and mixed them together in it. I then strategically placed the whole apples around the bowl. Aaah, so much prettier!
So as the day progressed and customers started to roam around the apple section, I offered samples. They came over to my little station, peered into my big bowl of cut apples and poked a toothpick into them, randomly selecting one. Soon I had a crowd around me! This was exciting. They seemed to love my decorating. Well, that’s what I thought drew them to me. haha Then as though they were all cued, they all starting asking what apple they just ate because they wanted to purchase some. I just shrugged my shoulders, I had no idea. Can’ they see they are all mixed together! Shesh! Question after question… oh this frustrated me, couldn’t they just be happy enough that it looked so pretty? I still chuckle to this very day when I think back to that experience. Needless to say, I was never asked to come back and work the sample stations. Fine by me, those people didn’t appreciate fine art. haha
Anyway, back to the Honeycrisp apple… they are heavenly and can often be hard to find. They have short seasonal window. But should you happen to stumble upon some, snag up a bunch of them up. Eat some raw and fresh by all means, but then make yourself some fruit leathers with them so you can enjoy them well beyond their season.
Ingredients: yields 5 cups puree