There's a new grocery store in my neighborhood called Union Market. They have a couple stores in Park Slope—this is their third. I visited it for the first time the other day and bought some apples called Honeycrisps. I'd never heard of them before, but I usually always go for the Granny Smiths so that's not saying much. Anyway, I bought some and had one and OMG they are best apples ever.
I did some research and found out that they're a cross between a Macoun and a Honeygold and then I Tweeted about it. The Tweet updated my Facebook status and a whole bunch of people started commenting about how good they are. Among them was a comment from my friend Ron who said:
Holy shit, I seriously had one of those today and actually commented on it to a person I was sending a message to. The exact line was:
cold=bad (He's in Chicago)
honeycrisp apple=good as f%ck.
A student at the University of Minnesota bred that apple (in case that ever comes up in Trivial Pursuit Fruit Edition.) Those and Braeburns (German engineered, I think) are no doubt the best. Red Delicious my ass. And the yellowish pasty ones??? Who are they kidding?
I love Ron.
Back to the apples, shortly after this I called my mom to tell her about them but she wasn't home so I left her a message that said, "Call me back because I have to tell you about the best apples in the world." When she called back she said, "You're going to tell me about Honeycrisps, aren't you?" I said, "Yes!" She said she was at the grocery store the other day when they announced over the loud-speaker that they had some and there was a mad rush to get them. When she got home, my step-dad had one and actually stopped to comment about how good it was.
That's the thing about this apple: It's not just good—it's so juicy, sweet and delicious that it makes you stop and say, "Damn, this apple is awesome."
Here's what the bad boy looks like:
And now the bad news... Apparently Honeycrisps are seasonal and only available from October to March. I've already lost some time here so I'm gonna eat the crap out of them for the next three months. I suggest you do the same.