Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Lady Alice, Or One Damn Big Apple
The lovely apple in queston is called a Lady Alice apple. I am not sure on apple naming conventions, but I would have called it the Brunhilda the Valkyrie apple because they are so big. And from one big girl to another I liked it. This apple would be perfect for that day when you want a self-contained, healthy meal to go. I did do a little research and discovered that these are fairly new apples. A farmer, Don Emmons, discovered the apple tree between his red and golden delicious orchards in 1979. This parentage explains the red/yellow color of the apple's skin.
I am not a red or golden delicious fan, finding both to be too sweet and lacking in the crispness that I love in an apple. This apple laughs in the face of wimpy apples, each bite resonated with crunch throughout the lunch room at work. I got a few sidelong looks from co-workers, I like to think they were jealous because my apple was so large and beautiful, not because it was so amazing loud. (Note this is not a stealth apple, so don't sneak it in your bag when going to a movie theatre, you will get caught). The apple was sweet, but not overbearingly sweet. Oddly enough, I did notice that it was more tart on the yellow parts than the pink parts.
I also liked that it was juicy and overall a very good lunch.