Sunday, September 21, 2008
It's Jonathan Apple Time!
We were driving home from Los Angeles today and I noticed splashes of autumn color among the trees lining the sides of the road. Fall chill has been in the air, that crisp tang that hits California mid/late September...and tells me it's just about time for Jonathan apples!
Sure, you've got your Fujis, your Galas, Pink Ladies, MacIntosh, and Granny Smiths. All have their place in the Apple Pantheon. You've also got the ubiquitous and humongous Red Delicious (sorry, anything but), those huge, abnormally red apples that look like they should have the evil queen in Snow White attached to them. But those don't count. I've tasted Appletinis with more apple flavor (and more kick!) in them. Not that I expect my apples to get me tipsy. I wouldn't MIND, of course, but it's not expected. I just hate biting into an apple and getting a lackluster, vaguely apple-esque taste...more like the faded memory of what an apple should taste like. DisaPPOINTed...
But Jonathan apples...tart, sweet, luscious to the last bite. And I'm talking down to the core. No, past the core. Everything but the stem and the seeds. They really are that good. So i will be haunting the grocery store for their appearance and, in the tradition set forth by my mom, buy at least three pounds and eat my apple a day. And then go buy more until the sad day arrives, as it must, when Jonathan apples are no longer in season.