When Exactly: Thursday Feb. 12 - 5 pm
Purchased From: Caradonna Farms - Union Square Greenmarket (NY, NY)
Color: I don’t know, I’m colorblind.
Eaten How: Unadorned.
I ate Pooh’s apple.
Out of Caradonna’s Saturday offerings, the Fujis and Grannies definitely looked the most promising. (Actually, the Empires didn’t look half bad save for the unfortunate fact that they were Empires.) But alas, this Fuji echoed today’s Caradonna Granny, touching upon the hallmarks of its cultivar while providing no major revelations.
The texture on this fella was fine, though a bit looser than the usual crunch I expect from a Fuji. A few snowy bits put me on the defensive but there was no full dip into soft territory. Alas, any thoughts of texture vanished rapidly once the honey arrived. (Don’t worry, that’s the “alas” in this entry. Promise.)
This apple was positively bursting with golden honey flavor. Unfortunately, a little honey goes a long way and this apple knew no restraint. An abundance of bright, thin juices momentarily fought off the honey from becoming sickly sweet, but they were sucked under the current about halfway through the fruit. There was just too much of the sweet stuff. It was nice for a while but by the last few bites, I needed this apple to be over.
With its one-note flavor profile and slightly sub-par texture, this Fuji might as well have been storebought. However, it was fresh and flavorful even if it could only communicate one (very) big flavor. Perhaps I’ve been swooning over that Ochs Orchard PB too much, but I couldn’t help wondering if some PB would have helped this apple go down a bit easier. Sure, fat cuts acidity, not sweetness, but a little salt and bitterness would have provided some much-needed counterpoint. Alas, I think one PB combo a day is probably all I need (HAHA I TRICKED YOU). I may not crave a honey-flavored Fuji again for a while, but I there’s a limit to which I can really trash a crunchy, sweet apple.