2010年11月30日火曜日

green with envy



There is nothing wrong with your computer monitor. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. That really is a green apple. Not unripe- green. As in Granny Smith. Granny Smith!!

To anyone not living in Japan that's about as exciting as watching paint dry but here in the land of the oh so sweet Sun Fuji, the aptly named Shinano Sweet and the occasional not-so-sweet-but-still-swet Jonagold, a fabulously refreshing mouth puckeringly tart Granny Smith is a treasure.

Well to me anyway.

The woman who grows them was less sure.

"They're so sour. My husband planted all these trees of them. So many. And the apples are so sour! We send them to Tokyo to sell them. Can't sell them around here. In Tokyo there's people who've been overseas and they eat them..."

Thankfully all those odd green apple eating Tokyo-ites only get the perfect ones. The rejects have found a new fan right here on the mountain.

I have been eating them night and day and smiling and mmm-mmming every time. They are just sooo good!

I made a big pot of un-sweetened just-so-amazingly-tart-and-good Granny Smith apple sauce for the family.

Meg: "...?"
Amy: "...?"
K: "What is this???"

I got 0 for 3 on the "Aren't green apples amazing???!" taste test.

But I'm not too upset- all the more for me!

9 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
raw is best but I wonder if you made an apple pie would they çome around'!!!

BTW I am only half Aussie too!!

Claire さんのコメント...

Wow! Does the grower do mail order? I'd buy some!

Gina さんのコメント...

Yumm, love granny smith apples too. No wonder you've been enjoying them! : )

Vicky さんのコメント...

There is nothing nicer than a hard, crunchy apple! I am still enjoying the ones you sent to me. I made 8 bags of apple sauce (well, stewed apples, I didn't mush them up) and had a big bowl of them last night with Yoshi (Harry refused of course. Sigh. But he will eat them raw.) And there's a big dish in the fridge that might get turned into a crumble tonight. Or it might just get eaten!! AND there are sill about 15 perfect apples in my genkan. Actually any minute now there will be 14....

Cecilia さんのコメント...

If she does half box mail order, please let me know. I often buy an amazupai variety (the name I can never remember) but more than 9 times out of 10 they aren't crispy.

I'm in serious apple envy.

Katrina さんのコメント...

ohh! My kids and i would do anything to get our hands on some! I miss Granny smiths so much!
Can we order some?
We just got back from near Nakano a week ago to pick up an order of apples but if i'd known these were available i would have come looking!

James さんのコメント...

There is a farmer in Nagano who grows Granny Smith Apples and Pink Lady Apples.
http://www.anc-tv.ne.jp/~apple/

He does do mail order delivery, and they are excellent

Kim さんのコメント...

I love them too. That being said, I have often thought of your apple posts since we moved to the US. All the apples at the grocery here are small and mealy. I found some good ones, finally, at a far away fruit stand. Then, walking home from the park one day,Jun struck up a conversation with a man selling apples - Fuji's - BIG ONES! I got a 40lb box for $11. Ryu was TOO happy! (I love Granny Smiths too!)

thefukases さんのコメント...

Sorry to all of you who wanted to order some. I have been stalking the apple orchard ever since (well not full time but pretty regular drive bys) and she hasn't been back yet. :( She has a number of fields and doesn't live in the neighbourhood. And now all the trees are bare.... Now that I know where she lives though I will be lining up come next December with your addresses!

Thanks James for the link too!

And Kim- neither of my kids like Aussie red apples for the same reason. Apples ain't apples, huh?