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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Have You Tried Opal Apples?

I’m pretty tired of the apples I’ve been buying lately. It seems that either they are mushy or the core is rotted. Plus, apples aren’t cheap!


You can imagine my delight when I came across the Opal apple at Byerly’s. I almost didn’t buy it because it was $2.99 a pound and the apple itself was a good pound, but I’m not one to resist new foods regardless of price. In doing some research, I found that while it was discovered in Europe in the late 90’s, it was just released in the American market earlier this year.


At home, I cut it into slices and was amazed at the slight banana flavor of this apple – how unique! Plus, it was juicy and crispy, hitting the spot immediately.


Have you seen Opal apples at the store? Tried them? What did you think?

15 comments:

  1. Funny you mentioned this! I found Opal apples at the Uptown Lunds last week and have been loving them! I didn't know the story behind them, but they sure are tasty!!

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  2. I like Opal apples, too. And you are right the banana flavor is indeed unique, and great and not to mention extremely yummy. I guess I’m going to look for them again.

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  3. I think Byerly's was sampling these when I was in the store recently. There are so many types of apples and pears, so fun to try new varieties! They were flavorful but I didn't want to pay the high price.

    I'm in a Gala rut myself - stuck on the bags of organic apples sold at SuperTarget.

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  4. I saw them at Lunds and really wanted to try them, but couldn't bring myself to shell out $2.99 a pound for them. And I LOVE apples. I am an apple snob according to friends/family, lol. What apples have you been getting that are mushy and rotten? I always have good luck with pink lady, fuji, jazz, and sometimes breaburn. But my favorites are the local varieties you can get in the fall...yuuummmmm :-)

    Courtney

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  5. Courtney - I've been trying Red Delicious, Fuji and Braeburn. It's totally random when they haven't worked out, which has been frustrating! I'll keep trying though because I can't afford the Opal apples all the time.

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  6. I've never seen opal apples but will certainly be on the look out now! Great photos.

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  7. Byerly's in st paul had them on sale for 1.99 a pound. They are delicious!

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  8. Thanks for the tip - I need some for my lunches!

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  9. Red Delicious=Red Disgusting or Waste of an Apple Apple, in my book. Blech! No wonder you have been disappointed. They are gross!

    Courtney

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  10. Courtney - Ha! Red Delicious are one of my favorites! And up until this winter, they have been fantastic :)

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  11. OMG The Opals are the BEST!

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  12. I have not seen these yet, but I am so excited to try one! Which Byerlys did you go to?

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  13. Mehgan - I got them at the Burnsville Byerly's, but I think they are at many of the locations. Good luck!

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  14. Just saw them today. at the Albertsons in my small town for $1.99 lb. I don't think most of them equaled 1 lb by themselves though. I bought 1 and will probably end up having it toward the end of the week.

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  15. Bought one at Jimbo's in Escondido, CA. It was lovely and slightly orangy to me. Crisp. Very different. Delightful.

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