"Jazz"-ed up about apples
- ipsedixit Sep 20, 2008 11:47 PM
Fall usually means two things to me ... Apples and Football.
In years past, the former always meant lots and lots of Fujis.
But this year, I think I've discovered my newest apple passion ... the Jazz Apple.
If you like the Fuji (and I'm a long time devotee), then the Jazz is sort of like falling in love.
If the Fuji is crispy, then the Jazz is snappily crunchy.
If the Fuji is sweet, then the Jazz is like nectar.
If the Fuji is juicy, then the Jazz is aromatically succulent.
And you? Do you have a favorite apple variety? Or a newly discovered one?
I too love the pink ladies. I find they're more readily available later in the season.
I liked Honeycrisps a few years ago. Now they seem a bit...watery? We went apple picking this past weekend and even right off the tree they weren't as good as that first batch.
Haven't tried a jazz. Will keep an eye out.
Have not tried the jazz, but I too, was (and still am) a long time Fuji devotee. I will happily look forward to finding, and trying the Jazz variety. The only variety I've found so far that is crunchier, sweeter, and juicier than the Fuji is the Honeycrisp. A variety that has a shorter season than most, but is, in a word, apple ambrosia. Please do try the Honeycrisp. When available, I generally eat four or five a day. Some will be tart, some will be sugar sweet, but all have an unmistakable snappy crunch, ultra light flesh, and a seemingly impossible amount of juice. The Honeycrisp almost defies the laws of physics. I have no idea how their flesh could be so light, but also so uber crunchy and pack so much juice.
Having grown up on an apple orchard I'm sometimes surprised how much I love them. There were other examples of foods I ate a lot of as a child that I now hate, but apples...apples I have always loved.
That being said, my favorite has to be the Braeburn. I do love a good Fuji but Braeburns are my favorite fresh. However, for a pie I do a combo of Fujis and Braeburns for a perfectly textured dessert. I can't wait to go home next week and pick some right off the tree!
I think Jazz are my new favorites too. I tried them a couple of years ago, and feel the same way.