Thursday, January 8, 2009

Grāppling With Beauty That's Only Skin Deep

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 5:05 AM

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Scene intern Angela Suico contributed this post.

When my sister first informed me about the Grāpple (pronounced gray-pul), I relayed the news of an apple that tastes like a grape to my friends, who immediately Wiki-ed exactly how such a magical cross-breed could be engineered. Much to our disappointment, we found that Grāpples, which were introduced to the world in 2002, are actually just regular apples--Fuji or Washington Extra Fancy Gala, specifically--soaked in grape flavoring. The incident caused my friend to inscribe in my yearbook, "Gr[ā]pples are just pointless."

When I finally tried a Gr[ā]pple, I concurred: Pointless. Although they smell strongly of artificial grape flavoring, the scent is about as grape-like as they get. The taste is akin to the laboratory-spawned flavor of purple candy.

Furthermore, the Washington State-based company's proposal that the product "could go a long way to improving the eating habits of children and introducing them to more produce" seems dubious, since the flavor is confined to the skin, and most kids eat their apples peeled in the first place.

But don't take my word for it. Try a Grāpple for yourself. Kroger carries four-packs for $5.59. If you do try one, let us know how it stands up to your expectations, or more importantly, how it stands up to grape-shaped grapes and apple-flavored apples.

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