The appliest place on earth

I never used to get the “apple” thing here. What’s the big deal; they’re just apples. And you have to cut them up to eat them or they just drip down your hands and make you all sticky and messy. I remember how weird I used to think a girl in my sorority was because she had her parents send her apples from Seattle. Now I totally get it. Because those things they call “apples” at your store, those are just the ones that aren’t good enough for Seattle. I am sorry that it has to be this way. It’s really not very fair to you.

I’ve finally, really gotten into apples, especially at this time of year. I can’t wait to go into Whole Foods and buy me a big bag and eat them all myself. Incidentally, I am going to have to have the granny smith tree in my front yard taken out soon. It’s not doing well. But I really didn’t eat those ones anyway. My favorite apples are called honeycrisp and they are kind of expensive but they are totally worth it. And I just ate one. And actually, you can find them in Minnesota and Wisconsin, I am sure. But I tend to think the ones in Seattle are better 🙂 Seriously, for anyones who likes stuff made with apples but never got into eating them rawy, you should give these a try.

I feel like such a Seattle-ite getting into the apples now. But I am still going to complain about the early darkness and peoples’ inability to merge into traffic.

Comments (14)

  1. Roger says:

    New York state has honeycrisp apples as well. Some of them are the size of a softball.

  2. Programmerman says:

    Hmmm… so THAT’S why I’ve never thought much of apples… they’re not like that in Nebraska.

  3. Darren Cox says:

    the Honeycrisp was actually invented at the University of Minnesota, patented by the University’s Office of Technology Commercialization, (My Alma Mater and current employer) and is the official state fruit of Minnesota.

    In fact, if you eat the apples grown here and the one’s grown in Washington, you can definitely tell the difference.  the Minnesota Honeycrisp apples are juicier and crispier.  they are both equally sweet, but the Washington apples are usually bigger.

    I have two Honeycrisp trees in my yard, but here’s a little trivia for you, if you plant one, ou need to plant another, flowering, apple tree like a flowering crab or something else, because they can’t pollinate with other Honeycrisp tree’s.

    Enjoy the "Fruits" of our labor

  4. Kate says:

    I am amazed that Microsoft hasn’t made the fruit change its name to stop reminding people, even in Seattle, of their competition.

  5. CJ says:

    Traffic merging  (and the endless gray skies) – two things I have never accepted about my new home. Can’t change the weather but really people, it’s ok to merge, you won’t offend.

  6. Wine-Oh says:

    and by apples I hope you mean the fruit and not the computer. 🙂

  7. HeatherLeigh says:

    Roger – yeah, ours are huge as well!

    Programmerman – they don’t like to fly 🙂

    Darren – I actually read that when I looked them up online so kudos to you guys! But quietly in my mind, I am going to think ours are better 🙂 I can’t imagine anything crispier or jucier than what we have! If I am ever in Minnesota, I’ll have to give your apples a try!We have the same situation with apple trees. They tell you to plant 2 kinds.

    Kate – you mean like spend a ton of money to  hire a stinky looking slacker to promote our product on ads that run ad nauseum and then make fun of the OTHER company for spending too much money on advertising? Yeah, OK. And then actually taking the personal time to go to an apple employees blog and then post comments like yours? Yeah, OK. The irony makes me giggle. The comment was lame.

    CJ, yeah you have that and then the other end of the spectrum: people who are changing lanes and turn on their signal and expect you to slam on the break to let them in. Both types don’t understand the concept of flow of traffic. That if you keep moving and the traffic is moving, you have a better chance of getting in where there’s actually a space for you. I shouldn’t complain. A tank of gas lasts me so long here. Needless to say, when friends offer to drive, the answer is yes!

  8. JP says:

    Great post! And you just let out a big secret too. For we just moved to Oregon and "discovered" fresh HoneyCrisp apples too…now our favorite.  Mmmmm.

  9. HeatherLeigh says:

    Yeah, I am having one with dinner tonite then back to the store for more!

  10. FrancescoEsposito says:

    /Start Rant

    I just wanted to +1 about people not being able to drive around here. Maybe it’s because I am from Detroit (The MotorCity if you will), but what is up with the driving around here? People really do not know how to merge onto freeways, or exit off of them.

    Oh yea, and the Apples are delicious here. So is the Sushi. Way to go Seattle. You’ll still never beat the simplicity of a lunch at a Detroit-Area Coney Island and our spacious freeways. Trying to keep it more or less on topic, lol. 🙂

    /End Rant

  11. dizzle says:

    So does "stinky looking slacker" refer to Jerry Seinfeld?  If so, I totally agree that those commercials were really lame.

    Love the honeycrisp!  Yay Minnesota, and Apples of all varieties!

  12. HeatherLeigh says:

    Francesco- I never thought of Detroit as a lunch hot spot, Who knew.

    dizzle – No, Jerry would be the unfashionable, unfunny, irrelevant one.

  13. egcarter says:

    I am visiting the Seattle area at this time, so I purchased a (very large) HoneyCrisp apple, based on your advice.   Wow!   We don’t have those in Hawaii…

    Which Whole Foods do I prefer, Redmond or Bellevue?   I guess it depends on which is closest to where I happen to be!   Shopping in either hasn’t lost its sparkle, as flying has…

    Tomorrow it’s back to Hawaiian pineapples for the time being (we don’t have the Costa Rican variety, either!)

  14. HeatherLeigh says:

    egcarter – glad you got to try them. I am jealous about all the pineapple you get over there. I love pineapple and buy those big, overpriced tubs of it cut up at Whole Foods. If I have a lot of staples to buy, I usually go somewhere else and go to WF for the prepared stuff, veg and whole wheat stuff (which frankly is most of the time).