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Sep 20, 2008 11:47 PM

"Jazz"-ed up about apples

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?

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  1. I fell in love with Pink Ladies. Like you Fuji captured me long ago.
    When I tasted a Pink Lady, I was hooked. I still don't find them readily.
    Moreso just sporadically.

    I'd love to try your Jazz. Where have you purchased them?

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    1. re: Isabella

      I found the Jazz Apples at my local market, Safeway/Pavilions.

      1. re: Isabella

        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.

      2. 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.

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          1. re: gordeaux

            Honeycrisps are my favorite too. They must be super fresh, though. I go get mine at the orchard and then gorge for a few days.

            1. re: Vetter

              Lol -

              I'm going to mine on Oct 12th. I ate a 10lb bag in like two days last year. Gotta find these Jazz apples though. Worth a try.

              1. re: gordeaux

                ipsedixit, have you seen the jazz website? i was also in love with jazz last year too, and i looked them up on the internet to learn more, only to find this!:

                what kind of apple has a website?!

            2. re: gordeaux

              I like the Honeycrisp as well, but I tend to prefer apples with a firmer, denser flesh, which is what drew me to the Fuji in the first place.

              The Honeycrisp is definitely in my Top 5 favorite apples, however.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I can understand denser, but firmer?
                I'll definitely have to try these jazzes. Honeycrisps are some of the firmest I have had. And I'll be the first to spit out a bite of apple, and toss the rest if it doesn't have serious crunch to it.

              2. 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!

                1. I think Jazz are my new favorites too. I tried them a couple of years ago, and feel the same way.

                  1. jazz sounds great. i love fuji apples. Does anyone see winesap any more? those used to be one of my faves, but never find it nowadays.

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                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      I will very happily eat fuji, honeycrips, pink lady, and jazz, but my all-time favorite is the cameo! When feeling nostalgic, I'll enjoy a golden delicious, and my least favorite is the plain jane red apple.

                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        Oh man...winesaps used to be one of my very favorites. I remember when my dad pulled out our very few winesap trees to make room for something else (probably galas) - it was probably almost 20 years ago now - and I was devastated.