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Honeycrisps Are Back In Season

Nikki Marquez |
October 16, 2013 | 9:24 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Honeycrisp Apples on display at Bristol Farms in Westwood. (Nikki Marquez / Neon Tommy)
Honeycrisp Apples on display at Bristol Farms in Westwood. (Nikki Marquez / Neon Tommy)
CRISP. DELICIOUS. JUICY.  When using those words to describe an apple, only one comes to mind: Honeycrisps. Much to apple aficionados' delights, Honeycrisps are back in season! 

What makes Honeycrisps so desirable, compared to, let's say, a Granny Smith, is its perfect combination of tart and sweet with the right amount of crunch and juiciness that leaves you wanting more with every bite.   

The good news is that these apples leave you perfectly satisfied.  While a normal apple may be the size of a tennis ball on a good day, the average Honeycrisp is double the size, about the size of a softball, with some running much larger. By the time you have dug your way to the core, you will without a question be content.

This time of year is so exciting because these Honeycrisps are in full harvest!  The Honeycrisp, which was named the official Minnesota State fruit in 2006, has a very short harvest season; from September 7 - September 29.  They fortunately do have a long shelf life and can be found in markets in almost perfect condition through January, but nothing beats a piece of fruit that has just been picked off the tree. 

If this hasn't made you want to run out and buy a bunch now, check out the raves on Twitter

The only downfall to these beautiful pieces of fruit are the prices.  These bad boys are currently running at $3.99/ lb at Bristol Farms, when you can get Granny Smiths and Red Deliciouses for 99 cents / lb. While this may be difficult for some to find a reason to fit this into their budget, it is worth saving up.  

For more information on why Honeycrisp prices are so high, check out this article.

A freshly cut Honeycrisp apple (Nikki Marquez / Neon Tommy).
A freshly cut Honeycrisp apple (Nikki Marquez / Neon Tommy).
In reality, this really should not be an argument. If you want an apple, Granny Smiths and Red Deliciouses just aren't going to get the job done (there is a reason why there is always a full bowl of them at hotels.) Honeycrisps, on the other hand, are. For starters, they are really healthy. They can act as a satisfying dessert with no guilt attached. They are so large, they will fill you up. And, lastly, nobody can say these are not delicious, even the apple skeptics of the world. Skimp on toothbrushes or buy off brand cleaning detergent, but when buying apples there is only one kind to buy ... Honeycrisps.

Honeycrisps can be found at most supermarkets, although Bristol Farms usually carries the best selection. They are best eaten if refrigerated for an hour Morning, noon and night, dessert, snack or meal, you can never go wrong with these delicious fruits. After all, the old adage goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! 

Reach Staff Reporter Nikki Marquez here.



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