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  1. #1
    Goomba Guest

    Default Apple Tasting

    Last week my niece came through town to crash at my house overnight.
    I was buying produce and the apples looked so nice with the local Kroger
    displaying a new breed named "Ambrosia." It was smaller, like a
    Macintosh, but deep red. I decided to buy a selection of Braeburn,
    Ambrosia and HoneyCrisp to do a taste comparison with.

    We both enjoyed the Braeburn best, then the HoneyCrisp. The Ambrosia
    seemed almost boring-not unlike a mealy red delicious but slightly
    sweeter. The signage at the store suggested it would be good baked or
    fresh out of hand. I wouldn't bother trying either, myself. They were
    pretty pricey but being new that should come down.

    I think the "apple tasting" is a good activity to share with all kids
    (and my niece is 20 something!) to introduce them to flavor variations
    and it was mildly entertaining.

    Perhaps a vinegar tasting will be next? I have enough variety (to
    include thick syrupy Balsamic vinegar) to make it interesting. Or a
    cheese tasting..... ?

  2. #2
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Last week my niece came through town to crash at my house overnight.
    > I was buying produce and the apples looked so nice with the local Kroger
    > displaying a new breed named "Ambrosia." It was smaller, like a
    > Macintosh, but deep red. I decided to buy a selection of Braeburn,
    > Ambrosia and HoneyCrisp to do a taste comparison with.
    >
    > We both enjoyed the Braeburn best, then the HoneyCrisp. The Ambrosia
    > seemed almost boring-not unlike a mealy red delicious but slightly
    > sweeter. The signage at the store suggested it would be good baked or
    > fresh out of hand. I wouldn't bother trying either, myself. They were
    > pretty pricey but being new that should come down.
    >
    > I think the "apple tasting" is a good activity to share with all kids
    > (and my niece is 20 something!) to introduce them to flavor variations
    > and it was mildly entertaining.
    >
    > Perhaps a vinegar tasting will be next? I have enough variety (to
    > include thick syrupy Balsamic vinegar) to make it interesting. Or a
    > cheese tasting..... ?


    Cheese and apples go well together...

    My personal favorite is Gala apples with Boars Head Butterkase or
    Havarti.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  3. #3
    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting


    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Last week my niece came through town to crash at my house overnight.
    >> I was buying produce and the apples looked so nice with the local Kroger
    >> displaying a new breed named "Ambrosia." It was smaller, like a
    >> Macintosh, but deep red. I decided to buy a selection of Braeburn,
    >> Ambrosia and HoneyCrisp to do a taste comparison with.
    >>
    >> We both enjoyed the Braeburn best, then the HoneyCrisp. The Ambrosia
    >> seemed almost boring-not unlike a mealy red delicious but slightly
    >> sweeter. The signage at the store suggested it would be good baked or
    >> fresh out of hand. I wouldn't bother trying either, myself. They were
    >> pretty pricey but being new that should come down.
    >>
    >> I think the "apple tasting" is a good activity to share with all kids
    >> (and my niece is 20 something!) to introduce them to flavor variations
    >> and it was mildly entertaining.
    >>
    >> Perhaps a vinegar tasting will be next? I have enough variety (to
    >> include thick syrupy Balsamic vinegar) to make it interesting. Or a
    >> cheese tasting..... ?

    >
    > Cheese and apples go well together...
    >
    > My personal favorite is Gala apples with Boars Head Butterkase or
    > Havarti.


    We were snacking on Pink Lady apple slices with aged Manchego while watching
    the Eagles game yesterday. It was a terrific combination.

    Jon



  4. #4
    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Omelet wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Last week my niece came through town to crash at my house overnight.
    >> I was buying produce and the apples looked so nice with the local Kroger
    >> displaying a new breed named "Ambrosia." It was smaller, like a
    >> Macintosh, but deep red. I decided to buy a selection of Braeburn,
    >> Ambrosia and HoneyCrisp to do a taste comparison with.
    >>
    >> We both enjoyed the Braeburn best, then the HoneyCrisp. The Ambrosia
    >> seemed almost boring-not unlike a mealy red delicious but slightly
    >> sweeter. The signage at the store suggested it would be good baked or
    >> fresh out of hand. I wouldn't bother trying either, myself. They were
    >> pretty pricey but being new that should come down.
    >>
    >> I think the "apple tasting" is a good activity to share with all kids
    >> (and my niece is 20 something!) to introduce them to flavor variations
    >> and it was mildly entertaining.
    >>
    >> Perhaps a vinegar tasting will be next? I have enough variety (to
    >> include thick syrupy Balsamic vinegar) to make it interesting. Or a
    >> cheese tasting..... ?

    >
    > Cheese and apples go well together...
    >
    > My personal favorite is Gala apples with Boars Head Butterkase or
    > Havarti.


    oh! Let's have some more good fruit and cheese combos. I can't
    indulge in more than a very few bites of chocolate fondue on New
    Year's Eve. Perhaps fruit and cheese would be nice.

    Back to the header--I don't recall when I did the last taste
    testing. This sounds like a good idea. I even have some lovely
    heirloom apples here.

    --
    Jean B.

  5. #5
    Becca Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Goomba wrote:
    > Last week my niece came through town to crash at my house overnight.
    > I was buying produce and the apples looked so nice with the local Kroger
    > displaying a new breed named "Ambrosia." It was smaller, like a
    > Macintosh, but deep red. I decided to buy a selection of Braeburn,
    > Ambrosia and HoneyCrisp to do a taste comparison with.
    >
    > We both enjoyed the Braeburn best, then the HoneyCrisp. The Ambrosia
    > seemed almost boring-not unlike a mealy red delicious but slightly
    > sweeter. The signage at the store suggested it would be good baked or
    > fresh out of hand. I wouldn't bother trying either, myself. They were
    > pretty pricey but being new that should come down.
    >
    > I think the "apple tasting" is a good activity to share with all kids
    > (and my niece is 20 something!) to introduce them to flavor variations
    > and it was mildly entertaining.
    >
    > Perhaps a vinegar tasting will be next? I have enough variety (to
    > include thick syrupy Balsamic vinegar) to make it interesting. Or a
    > cheese tasting..... ?



    Sometimes apples are pricey, but when they sell Braeburn's by the bag, I
    will make an apple pie. Going to the supermarket is like a hunting
    trip, you never know what you will find.

    My favorite eating apple, is Fuji or Gala. Anything but Red Delicious.

    Becca

  6. #6
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Zeppo" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > Cheese and apples go well together...
    > >
    > > My personal favorite is Gala apples with Boars Head Butterkase or
    > > Havarti.

    >
    > We were snacking on Pink Lady apple slices with aged Manchego while watching
    > the Eagles game yesterday. It was a terrific combination.
    >
    > Jon


    I have a co-worker that swears by Pink Ladies. I've tried them and they
    are quite good. Not mealy like red and yellow's tend to be.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  7. #7
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > Cheese and apples go well together...
    > >
    > > My personal favorite is Gala apples with Boars Head Butterkase or
    > > Havarti.

    >
    > oh! Let's have some more good fruit and cheese combos. I can't
    > indulge in more than a very few bites of chocolate fondue on New
    > Year's Eve. Perhaps fruit and cheese would be nice.


    It works. :-)

    >
    > Back to the header--I don't recall when I did the last taste
    > testing. This sounds like a good idea. I even have some lovely
    > heirloom apples here.


    Grapes and cheese also go well together. Not sure about strawberries.
    Never tried that.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  8. #8
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Becca <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Goomba wrote:
    > > Last week my niece came through town to crash at my house overnight.
    > > I was buying produce and the apples looked so nice with the local Kroger
    > > displaying a new breed named "Ambrosia." It was smaller, like a
    > > Macintosh, but deep red. I decided to buy a selection of Braeburn,
    > > Ambrosia and HoneyCrisp to do a taste comparison with.
    > >
    > > We both enjoyed the Braeburn best, then the HoneyCrisp. The Ambrosia
    > > seemed almost boring-not unlike a mealy red delicious but slightly
    > > sweeter. The signage at the store suggested it would be good baked or
    > > fresh out of hand. I wouldn't bother trying either, myself. They were
    > > pretty pricey but being new that should come down.
    > >
    > > I think the "apple tasting" is a good activity to share with all kids
    > > (and my niece is 20 something!) to introduce them to flavor variations
    > > and it was mildly entertaining.
    > >
    > > Perhaps a vinegar tasting will be next? I have enough variety (to
    > > include thick syrupy Balsamic vinegar) to make it interesting. Or a
    > > cheese tasting..... ?

    >
    >
    > Sometimes apples are pricey, but when they sell Braeburn's by the bag, I
    > will make an apple pie. Going to the supermarket is like a hunting
    > trip, you never know what you will find.
    >
    > My favorite eating apple, is Fuji or Gala. Anything but Red Delicious.
    >
    > Becca


    The golden delicious are not much better. :-(

    As for other good cheese to go with apples, cheddar goes well, as do
    jack and muenster. Brie works too!
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  9. #9
    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Becca wrote:

    > My favorite eating apple, is Fuji or Gala. Anything but Red
    > Delicious.
    > Becca


    Ugh! I agree. Red Delicious is the worst apple out there. Golden Delicious,
    while not good for eating out of hand, at least do well when making
    something like a French apple tart.

    I live a couple hundred yards from a family-run orchard that has at least 40
    varieties of apple, everything from heirlooms (Nodhead) to the new varieties
    (Honeycrisp). I've been suspicious of the new varieties, but became a
    convert to Honeycrisps. The flavor is okay--nothing to compare to a good
    early Macintosh--but the texture and juiciness are out of this world.

    Could you describe Fuji and Gala, in comparison to other varieties?



  10. #10
    Andy Guest

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    Janet said...

    > Becca wrote:
    >
    >> My favorite eating apple, is Fuji or Gala. Anything but Red
    >> Delicious.
    >> Becca

    >
    > Ugh! I agree. Red Delicious is the worst apple out there. Golden
    > Delicious, while not good for eating out of hand, at least do well when
    > making something like a French apple tart.
    >
    > I live a couple hundred yards from a family-run orchard that has at
    > least 40 varieties of apple, everything from heirlooms (Nodhead) to the
    > new varieties (Honeycrisp). I've been suspicious of the new varieties,
    > but became a convert to Honeycrisps. The flavor is okay--nothing to
    > compare to a good early Macintosh--but the texture and juiciness are out
    > of this world.
    >
    > Could you describe Fuji and Gala, in comparison to other varieties?



    I love Fuji apples!!! My favorite! Crisp & sweet AND tart at the same
    time!!!

    Andy

  11. #11
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Janet said...

    > Becca wrote:
    >
    >> My favorite eating apple, is Fuji or Gala. Anything but Red
    >> Delicious.
    >> Becca

    >
    > Ugh! I agree. Red Delicious is the worst apple out there. Golden
    > Delicious, while not good for eating out of hand, at least do well when
    > making something like a French apple tart.
    >
    > I live a couple hundred yards from a family-run orchard that has at
    > least 40 varieties of apple, everything from heirlooms (Nodhead) to the
    > new varieties (Honeycrisp). I've been suspicious of the new varieties,
    > but became a convert to Honeycrisps. The flavor is okay--nothing to
    > compare to a good early Macintosh--but the texture and juiciness are out
    > of this world.
    >
    > Could you describe Fuji and Gala, in comparison to other varieties?



    I love Fuji apples!!! My favorite! Crisp & sweet AND tart at the same
    time!!!

    Andy

  12. #12
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Andy said...

    > Janet said...
    >
    >> Becca wrote:
    >>
    >>> My favorite eating apple, is Fuji or Gala. Anything but Red
    >>> Delicious.
    >>> Becca

    >>
    >> Ugh! I agree. Red Delicious is the worst apple out there. Golden
    >> Delicious, while not good for eating out of hand, at least do well when
    >> making something like a French apple tart.
    >>
    >> I live a couple hundred yards from a family-run orchard that has at
    >> least 40 varieties of apple, everything from heirlooms (Nodhead) to the
    >> new varieties (Honeycrisp). I've been suspicious of the new varieties,
    >> but became a convert to Honeycrisps. The flavor is okay--nothing to
    >> compare to a good early Macintosh--but the texture and juiciness are out
    >> of this world.
    >>
    >> Could you describe Fuji and Gala, in comparison to other varieties?

    >
    >
    > I love Fuji apples!!! My favorite! Crisp & sweet AND tart at the same
    > time!!!
    >
    > Andy



    OOPS!

    Usenet burp?

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    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Omelet wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>> Cheese and apples go well together...
    >>>
    >>> My personal favorite is Gala apples with Boars Head Butterkase or
    >>> Havarti.

    >> oh! Let's have some more good fruit and cheese combos. I can't
    >> indulge in more than a very few bites of chocolate fondue on New
    >> Year's Eve. Perhaps fruit and cheese would be nice.

    >
    > It works. :-)
    >
    >> Back to the header--I don't recall when I did the last taste
    >> testing. This sounds like a good idea. I even have some lovely
    >> heirloom apples here.

    >
    > Grapes and cheese also go well together. Not sure about strawberries.
    > Never tried that.


    Oh, but you have reminded me... Way back in dino days, I would
    use petit suisse as a dip for berries. Well, back then it was
    what was supposed to approximate that, because one couldn't buy
    the real thing here.

    --
    Jean B.

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    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Janet wrote:
    > Becca wrote:
    >
    >> My favorite eating apple, is Fuji or Gala. Anything but Red
    >> Delicious.
    >> Becca

    >
    > Ugh! I agree. Red Delicious is the worst apple out there. Golden Delicious,
    > while not good for eating out of hand, at least do well when making
    > something like a French apple tart.
    >
    > I live a couple hundred yards from a family-run orchard that has at least 40
    > varieties of apple, everything from heirlooms (Nodhead) to the new varieties
    > (Honeycrisp). I've been suspicious of the new varieties, but became a
    > convert to Honeycrisps. The flavor is okay--nothing to compare to a good
    > early Macintosh--but the texture and juiciness are out of this world.
    >
    > Could you describe Fuji and Gala, in comparison to other varieties?
    >
    >

    You are soooo lucky to live near a source for heirloom apples. I
    keep thinking I will drive afar to get to such an orchard.

    --
    Jean B.

  15. #15
    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Jean B. wrote:
    > Janet wrote:
    >> Becca wrote:
    >>
    >>> My favorite eating apple, is Fuji or Gala. Anything but Red
    >>> Delicious.
    >>> Becca

    >>
    >> Ugh! I agree. Red Delicious is the worst apple out there. Golden
    >> Delicious, while not good for eating out of hand, at least do well
    >> when making something like a French apple tart.
    >>
    >> I live a couple hundred yards from a family-run orchard that has at
    >> least 40 varieties of apple, everything from heirlooms (Nodhead) to
    >> the new varieties (Honeycrisp). I've been suspicious of the new
    >> varieties, but became a convert to Honeycrisps. The flavor is
    >> okay--nothing to compare to a good early Macintosh--but the texture
    >> and juiciness are out of this world. Could you describe Fuji and Gala, in
    >> comparison to other varieties?
    >>
    >>

    > You are soooo lucky to live near a source for heirloom apples. I
    > keep thinking I will drive afar to get to such an orchard.


    And their cider is fantastic, because they use more than one variety to make
    it.



  16. #16
    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Andy wrote:

    >> I love Fuji apples!!! My favorite! Crisp & sweet AND tart at the same
    >> time!!!
    >>
    >> Andy


    So, how do they compare to Granny Smiths, for example? I love Granny Smiths.



  17. #17
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote:
    > > In article <[email protected]>,
    > > "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >>> Cheese and apples go well together...
    > >>>
    > >>> My personal favorite is Gala apples with Boars Head Butterkase or
    > >>> Havarti.
    > >> oh! Let's have some more good fruit and cheese combos. I can't
    > >> indulge in more than a very few bites of chocolate fondue on New
    > >> Year's Eve. Perhaps fruit and cheese would be nice.

    > >
    > > It works. :-)
    > >
    > >> Back to the header--I don't recall when I did the last taste
    > >> testing. This sounds like a good idea. I even have some lovely
    > >> heirloom apples here.

    > >
    > > Grapes and cheese also go well together. Not sure about strawberries.
    > > Never tried that.

    >
    > Oh, but you have reminded me... Way back in dino days, I would
    > use petit suisse as a dip for berries. Well, back then it was
    > what was supposed to approximate that, because one couldn't buy
    > the real thing here.


    Ok, I had to google that. Sounds good!

    I wonder about fermented cream... Like cream yogurt instead of skim
    yogurt?
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  18. #18
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Janet" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Andy wrote:
    >
    > >> I love Fuji apples!!! My favorite! Crisp & sweet AND tart at the same
    > >> time!!!
    > >>
    > >> Andy

    >
    > So, how do they compare to Granny Smiths, for example? I love Granny Smiths.


    I don't think Fuji's are as hard or tart.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  19. #19
    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting



    >>> Grapes and cheese also go well together. Not sure about strawberries.
    >>> Never tried that.


    I haven't, either, but I bet strawberries and goat cheese would be a
    divine combination .

    gloria p

  20. #20
    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Apple Tasting

    Omelet wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Janet" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Andy wrote:
    >>
    >>>> I love Fuji apples!!! My favorite! Crisp & sweet AND tart at the same
    >>>> time!!!
    >>>>
    >>>> Andy

    >> So, how do they compare to Granny Smiths, for example? I love Granny Smiths.

    >
    > I don't think Fuji's are as hard or tart.



    But they are more tart/less sweet than Galas.
    Melba introduced me to Honeycrisps and Zestars!/Zeststars! (sp? I do
    know the exclamation point is part of the trademark.)
    Both are outstanding.

    gloria p

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