We need to stop messing with produce. It is not our final food
frontier. It's the staple that's supposed to balance out all of the
other things we put in our body.
(pronounced grape-ulls) are testing those boundaries by changing the
taste of apples. The produce section is getting a makeover, and I'm
worried that we're about to lose our dietary center.
Grapples (available at Sun Fresh)
are a patent-pending product -- apples that have been infused with Concord grape flavor. But don't worry, kids, "a relaxing bath process
prepares our apples." Grapples aren't genetically modified but are
considered a processed food by the Washington Department of
At least the clamshell packaging prevents
them from getting into the wild apple population and running amok.
I appreciate that, in an era of changing colors (red celery,
anyone?) and endless flavor combinations, apples are fairly staid.
But I don't need to add a bit of excitement to my palate when it comes
to produce. Unadulterated fruit is what gets me through long travel
days and moments of low blood sugar. I know exactly how an apple or
banana is going to make me feel afterward. I'm not certain what's
going to happen with that airport chili.
We have to accept
that some changes in our diet are needed as a nation and stop trying to
change the food. Apples and celery don't need a makeover. We do.