The apple, an early Lodi, was super tart and obviously picked too soon.
Unripe apples often have a spongey texture, but mine was reasonably crisp. Yet if only it had been allowed to ripen fully.
I knew this apple was not going to be ready to eat, despite the promise of the grower:
Lodi apples - the first summer apple! Great for baking as eating. Grab some today! pic.twitter.com/ooeXA53pv0— Kimball Fruit Farm (@Kimball_Fruit) July 16, 2015
I bought mine on July 16, and that is just too early around here even for this early variety. Last year, alas, the grower picked all of these before any were ripe. No decent Lodi at all.
I considered passing it by—I mean, if I buy, aren't I rewarding premature harvesting? but in the end I got two.
They were almost too tart to enjoy at all. And yet.
There was something fine about the first taste of a local apple, its hyper tartness a bracing retort to the slick sweetness of all those supermarket varieties.
Mind you, I'd have gotten plenty of that from a ripe version of this fruit, perhaps at the start of August.
But meanwhile, it's like this.
We buy these apples, and others that could have used more time on the tree, because the farmer picks them.
And the farmer picks them, too early, because we buy them.