:: the fruit ::
• aomori apple
[ she says ] After witnessing the customer in front of us buy $150 worth of aomori apples, needless to say... the damn apple caught my interest. But for $4-5 per apple, is it really that worth it? I asked mr.bunnie is there is a cultural significance to the apple such as gifts for a one-year old's bday, for luck, or someone's pregnant...etc. He didn't think so but said that it's a popular apple in Japan — supposedly creme de la creme of the apples.
But what would possess ANYONE to buy $150 worth of apples? I left the store feeling unsatisfied — my curiousity eating at me. What is so different about it? The flavor? Texture? Fragrance? Crispness? How it's cultivated? hmmm...
So, about a week later, we went to Mitsuwa again, I bought one — $4.55. I'm not too big of a fan for fuji apples so paying that price for something I might not like was hard. Even so, I feft the store excited and eager to experience culinary "fruit" ectasy. It's going to be like tasting a bite of heaven right? Or at least be goosebump raising no? How about good enough to release a tiny squeal of delight?
The result? An extremely sweet and fragrant apple with a slight softer texture. Loved the flavor but not the texture — slight mealy. Beautiful on the inside and out in appearance but was it worth? Not really... unless by chance I picked a bad apple. But for $4.55, there shouldn't have been ANY bad apples...
Have you had one?