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The honeycrisps are out!!

im_nomad Sep 26, 2010 06:06 AM

Early this year: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/...

I picked some up yesterday at both the grocery store and a small local market. Love these.

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    vafarmwife Sep 26, 2010 07:19 AM

    I know. My grocery store had them on sale this week for $1.49/lb. I ate two yesterday. I love these apples!

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      cheesemaestro Sep 26, 2010 09:17 AM

      We've had them for several weeks already down in PA--also early, as was most produce this year. I love them, too, although this year's honeycrisps are monstrously large. Each one is the size of three "regular" apples!

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        vafarmwife Sep 26, 2010 01:40 PM

        The ones at my store were kinda on the small side.

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          teezeetoo Sep 26, 2010 01:45 PM

          my favorite apple for fall eating. went apple picking today in MA and was told they weren't "in season." what's the season for these beauties in MA? anybody know? I got some snapping fresh ones at my local market (Russos in Watertown MA) so I would think they are in season now.

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            coll Sep 27, 2010 05:17 AM

            They are one of the last apples, I've been waiting for them for months. Ours come from upstate NY so should be similar to your area. My local store has them for $.99 although they are sort of smallish. Just arrived about a week ago.

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              cheesemaestro Sep 27, 2010 09:05 AM

              I guess I need to look elsewhere. The ones at my local farmers market are gigantic and I've held off buying them, since I can't finish one in a single sitting. Three apples for $4.50 and I bet they collectively weigh at least four pounds.

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                buttertart Sep 27, 2010 09:07 AM

                They're big in NJ too. I would like a smaller apple but they do taste wonderful - the aftertaste in my mouth was (strangely) like the best raspberries ever.

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                  lynnlato Sep 27, 2010 09:15 AM

                  Here in NC I bought two for $4.80. If I lobbed one of these apples at someone it could kill them. Not that I would.... just sayin'. ;-)

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            DaisyM Sep 27, 2010 04:41 PM

            You are right....they are huge this year!

          3. lynnlato Sep 27, 2010 09:14 AM

            I saw them for the first time yesterday at my grocery store. I shrieked with joy! My kids were mortified. I paid $2.40/apple but they were ridiculously huge. Hopefully I'll find some smaller, better-priced ones soon.

            Lunch today will be sliced honey crisp apple w/ almond butter. Can't wait!

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              gordeaux Sep 27, 2010 09:41 AM

              I've finally found some for 99c / lb
              Stocking up soon. They last well, and I can eat four or five a day. LOVE the Honeycrisps. I used to be a Fuji person, but HC'S are better, imo.

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                ipsedixit Sep 27, 2010 09:48 AM

                Interesting.

                For me the best Honeycrips are no match for a good Fuji. I think I just prefer the texture of a Fuji to that of almost any other apple.

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                  lynnlato Sep 28, 2010 04:13 AM

                  I was always a Fuji lover too... but HC's have an edge, for me, over Fuji. I just love a firm, dense apple and both of these varieties fit that bill.

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                mpjmph Sep 27, 2010 09:46 AM

                I had my first honeycrisp ever yesterday. It was possibly the best apple I've ever had, but will have to be a special treat, too expensive for my everyday apple fix. Target was selling 4lb boxes of small ones for $10 and large ones for $2.89/lb.

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                  mcel215 Sep 28, 2010 02:12 AM

                  When I find honeycrisps that are too expensive, I now buy Pink Ladys. They are excellent too.

                2. Popkin Sep 27, 2010 11:43 AM

                  I've only recently heard of these, and can't wait to try them! We just got a flyer in the mail that the grocery store across town just got some in. Just about everybody I've heard mention them thinks they are just about the best apple around. Personally, so far my favourites are the jazz apples, though the end of season ones are not quite as great, wonderful, and perfect as the early season ones. We're in the CA central valley.

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                    Ruth Lafler Sep 27, 2010 04:11 PM

                    Jazz apples are awfully good. I'm not sure they're as available on the East Coast as they are out here, since they either come from Washington or New Zealand.

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                      buttertart Sep 27, 2010 04:37 PM

                      I don't think I've ever seen one (although we do get WA and NZ fruit). What are they comparable to?

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                        Popkin Sep 28, 2010 01:48 PM

                        My "usual" favourite eating apple is the granny smith, as it's available pretty much year round and I enjoy the tart, firm flesh. Compared to them, I'd say the jazz apples are definitely sweeter, only slightly less tart, with a similarly firm flesh. They are just very.... apple-y lol (gotta love using a word to define said word lol)

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                        cheesemaestro Sep 27, 2010 06:15 PM

                        I've never seen them where I live and, in fact, had never heard of them. I looked them up on the Internet. They are a cross between Royal Gala and Braeburn varieties. From the description, they sound like a winner. Apart from honeycrisps, my favorite easy-to-find apple is the Stayman Winesap. They have a rather unattractive, dull peel, but are crisp, juicy and pleasantly tart. They ripen late in the season and haven't hit markets yet.

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                          coll Sep 28, 2010 01:42 AM

                          Winesap was my most favorite until I discovered Honeycrisp. That's the latest apple of them all. Apparently I like the later varieties.

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                            buttertart Sep 28, 2010 06:11 AM

                            If you like a tart apple you should try to find a fresh Northern Spy. They have great flavor out of hand (and are the best for pie). Also a late apple. (I've never really found a winesap I liked very much but will give them another whirl.)
                            Best apple EVER: Lobo. Tarter than a honeycrisp and the perfect texture - loose but crisp - and very juicy. Haven't found them in ages.

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                              coll Sep 28, 2010 09:44 AM

                              When I lived upstate NY, I saw Northern Spy all the time and thought they were just for pies! Silly me. The winesaps up there are unbelievable, you have to eat them over the sink from all the juice. I'm planning on going up to visit in the next month or so, glad you reminded me: where my Mom lives is one of the best apple areas around (Columbia County). Maybe I should stock up for the winter.

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                                buttertart Sep 28, 2010 09:49 AM

                                Absolutely - you see them (Spies) at the Greenmarket but they don't seem to travel well, they often look beaten up.

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                                  coll Sep 28, 2010 09:51 AM

                                  Now I'm psyched to get up there, I have a mission!

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                                    buttertart Sep 28, 2010 09:54 AM

                                    That's the spirit. Ask them if they've ever heard of Lobos while you're at it (but it's too late for them, they're a "back to school" apple).

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                                      coll Sep 28, 2010 09:59 AM

                                      When I lived up there, I learned from an apple farmer that there are more than 5,000 kinds of apples. He used to stop by where I worked every few days with his pickup truck full of whatever was ready and give me one to try, he got a kick out of how much I enjoyed each one. I would swear that each was the best I ever tasted, until we worked our way up to the winesaps. Then I said, this is the filet mignon of apples, and he thought that was the funniest thing he ever heard. I will keep Lobo in mind, that's one I never heard of.

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                                        buttertart Sep 28, 2010 10:05 AM

                                        I'm from SW Ontario - apple country too - and my father was a locavore before the term was even thought of. He knew which farms to go to for which applkes (and peaches, etc). We knew the variety of every tree fruit we ate and looked forward to each. Incidentally Spies are best in late October - bought some for a pie for my dad's birthday once (Oct 9) and he was disgusted, said they weren't ripe yet and would make a lousy pie. And they did.

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                      electricfish Oct 1, 2010 05:35 AM

                      I picked up a few yesterday but haven't tried one yet. Fujis and Galas have been my favorites, so I'm glad to hear they compare favorably to those varieties. How are Honeycrisps in pies or other baking?

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