The perfect fruit, perhaps the perfect food, and certainly the perfect apple, is available for a couple of months in the fall.
Honeycrisp apples are now in season and available for a limited time at many local supermarkets. Although my opinions about Whole Foods are well documented, I have to recommend going to the Whole Foods on W. Alabama to get the best honeycrisp apples. Specifically it is the only location I know of that has organic honeycrisps. Central Market did not have any available today but the manager said they were on the way. Disco Kroger had a basket of apples with a honeycrisp sign in front of them, and they looked like honeycrisp, but they were individually labeled as Jonah Gold. Go figure. I’m going to try and make it out to Canino Market this week to see what kind of selection they have.
So what’s so great about honeycrisp apples? Basically, they are the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, with a wonderfully crisp flesh. Extra juicy too. The most common description of these apples is that they “pop” when you bite into them. The skin is a mottled red and green, representing a symbolic combination of Red Delicious (sweet) and Granny Smith (tart) apples. But unlike Red Delicious, whose skin is often thick, waxy and chewy, the honeycrisp skin is thin and tender. All-in-all, just about the perfect snack food.