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    Meet the Sweet Sixteen Apple


    2010 - 12.26

    Third apple in the ongoing series, today we look at the Pepin Heights Sweet Sixteen apple. With a name like that, you KNOW it’s gonna be good.

    And tasty it was! It was not as sweet as you might guess from the name, although there was not even a hint of tartness in this apple, so when you take a bite, all you taste is the sweetness. The texture on the inside is quite soft, in an excellent way. Typically I prefer my apples to be more like 7.5ish on the “crunchy inside” scale, but this type is well-worthy of an exception to that preference. The texture of it sort of makes it candy-like. You’d have no trouble getting kids to eat these.

    The skin on the apple was not crunchy at all. It seemed to want to remain in strips, like you could almost peel this apple just by peeling back the skin. I tried it, and you could actually peel it, just like an orange once you tried for a little bit. Unusual skin for an apple, but it was cool in it’s own odd way.

    These apples, peeled, would make an absolutely incredible pie or crisp. If there are still some left at the grocery store next week, I think I might try that. Irregardless of how I plan to eat them, I definitely want to get more of these. They are a most delicious apple!

    sweetness: 6
    tartness: 0
    juicyness: 6
    crunchy inside: 2
    crunchy skin: 1

    And as usual, picture taken with the canon 50 f/1.8.  Settings: f/11, 1/2 sec @ ISO 100 tripod mounted

    Meet the Pacific Rose Apple


    2010 - 12.25

    The first apple I decided to try was the pacific rose apple. It’s slightly pinkish in color, like a red apple with a hint of a pink lady apple in there somewhere. It’s definitely sweet, not very much tartness to it at all. One lovely thing about this apple is that it is thoroughly crunchy. It’s about as crunchy of an apple as I’d enjoy, I believe. Anything moreso would get fatiguing. This property alone sets it as a desirable specimen.

    I busted out the apple slicer to cut it into 8ths and toss the core. Ignoring the advice of that sign in the store, I do think that sliced is really is the most enjoyable way to eat an apple. I’ll probably use it for the rest of the others to come.

    I’d most definitely get this type again, although it remains to be seen how long they’ll be around for. Is it something I’d eat everyday? Yeah, it may be. I doubt I’d be able to find them in Organic.

    sweetness: 8
    tartness: 2
    juiciness: 6
    crunchy inside: 8
    crisp shell: 9

    As before, photo with the new fifty!  Lovin this thing.  Framed the apple with some delicious looking bok-choy.

    Meet the Piñata Apple


    2010 - 12.24

    The Piñata apple was one I’d never tried until now and I’m not sure if I’d get it again. From the exterior, things looked good: large size but not overly giant, nice red color, and a sturdy stem up top. Taking a bite, the inside is a light yellow(not white), and the texture is crunchy as can be. It’s a bit too crunchy on the inside for my taste. The flavor is certainly more on the tart side than the sweet side, although it is not completely devoid of sweetness. It was available as an organic, and based on the looks, I got 5 of them, for my weekday lunch. I think my standby of Gala might have been a better choice, but I’ll keep eating these and give them a chance.

    Update: as the week went on, I did get one that was sweeter.  It did redeem the Piñata slightly, although I think the majority of these are probably more on the tart side.  All in all, I’d say they are a decent apple, but there are much better ones for my taste.

    tartness: 8
    sweetness: 4
    juicyness: 4
    crunchy inside: 9.5
    crisp shell: 8

    I took this picture with my new 50mm Canon f/1.8, with a setting of 1/4th sec. f/11 @ ISO 100.  Tripod mounted in the kitchen.  Tweaked white balance with Curves in Photoshop.  Only minor selective color.  Didn’t need much adjustment.

    Say hello to my little friend!


    2010 - 12.15

    Just got this new 50mm F/1.8. It’s pretty rad having so wide of an aperture. The focusing effects are simply… exquisite. There will be ongoing updates in the photos section as we get acquainted..!