I’ve taken plenty of photos of apples in many forms from hard ciders to salads. They’re in the media gallery just waiting to be shared. Rather than put all the photos into one post, maybe it’s best to divide it up. For this post, I want to focus on some of the cultivars I’ve tried so far.
I mentioned that whenever apple season rolls around, I like to try all kinds of cultivar. It’s one of my many “quirky” traditions to celebrate the changing of seasons. It’s like how in January people give up alcohol for a month after a bacchanal holiday season. Or how some people’s go to Starbucks to buy a pumpkin spice latte to welcome autumn. My pumpkin spice latte is just eating different apples. I do enjoy the very occasional PSL at Dunkin’ however. Los Angeles not really have seasons so I make mines up. Do you have any “quirky” traditions?
Anyways here are some apple cultivars I’ve had so far this month:
Granny Smiths are my favorite apple — even raw. I do like tart things. Gala apple is another favorite and is incredible versatile as it does pretty well in baking
I came across the Lemonade apple at Sprouts Market. The name kind of stood out. Is it an apple dipped in lemonade? According to the product website it is a crossbreed of a Gala and Braeburn apple. I definitely do taste the Gala. Also a distinct feature I noticed was long the apple looked.
Yesterday we went to Oak Glen out in Riverside County for the Apple Festival. I was under the impression that the farms were open for apple picking. They were not. Actually these farms are pretty small, I don’t think they have the volume for people picking apples from September to the end of November. It’s more like the businesses in that town were open for the season selling apple-related products like ciders, apple flavored BBQ sauce, and of course, bags of apples. In one of the farms, one of the people who worked there gave my kid a tiny Gravenstein apple. The inside is soft almost like a pear.
I bought this Lucy Rose apple last year and it deserves a special mention. I believe this was from Sprouts. On the outside, it looks like a gala apple, but on the inside it was lovely rose color like a plum. It’s tastes just as good as it looks. The first time I had it, I thought it was a defect.
What is your favorite apple cultivar? Comment or participate in “Eat Around the World”! See details below!
“Eat around the World“ is a monthly writing/photography challenge where I invite people to share a dish around a theme, ingredient, or technique. The theme for September is apples. All themes are open to interpretation. Cooking skills are not required to participate. You could post a photo of a dish you made or a dish you enjoyed at a restaurant or someone’s house as long as it pertains to the theme. To participate you could either share your post in the comment box, pingback to this post, or tag “Eat Around the World.” Deadline is September 30th.