|These babies are months away. June 6 photo.|
Usually these fruits, fresh from the spring harvest below the equator, provide a welcome relief.
The imports ride in around the end of April and tide us over until the real thing begins here in late July.
Though unwelcome, this year's absence creates an opportunity for me to report on apples that I would otherwise avoid: those that have been in storage for as much as 9 months (and counting).
They are dreadful.
Nothing is actually mealy, but the texture is very bad. Flavors are all run together and generic.
Of the Empires, some are okay but some are so fragile you can put your thumb through them and the flesh is discolored.
The best of the lot was Lady Alice, still quite good in May though not as excellent as in March or April. Alice seem to be done, though.
These mostly horrible apples give the lie to the industry line that, gee whiz, year-old apples are perfectly great. In fact, I've indulged in a little rant about that:
I can't believe that Consumer Reports, of all publications, let itself get suckered into publishing this industry press release, bypassing its own famous independent analysis and review.
Just to be clear, I have no beef with the technology, which gives us pretty good apples through about April.
However there are limits, and if you doubt that go and bite into a domestic apple this month.
Just don't say I didn't warn you.