20.1.09

Ready to grapple for a bite of grapple?

Some local celebrity mentioned on local TV about grapple. After googling the word I saw this entry from wikipedia.

"Grāpple (pronounced /ˈgreɪpəl/) is the registered brand name for a commercially marketed brand of Fuji or Gala apple that has been specially treated to make the flesh taste like a grape. The product is created via a patented liquid infusion process which includes concentrated grape flavor and water as its primary ingredients. Contrary to popular assumption, it is an externally flavored fruit product, not a true hybrid of two fruits".

My partner and I were worried that it would have been a genetically modified fruit. And without a doubt, that's something which, for awhile will remain alien, at least for us. But, surprise! It is not. But, is it something more questionable, because it is externally flavored? What does "specially treated" exactly mean?

"Using a secret process, mature examples of the Washington State Extra Fancy Fuji apple are immersed for several days in a marinade which transforms their flavour to that of a Concord grape".

Here's further explanation from this site if you want to learn more about this alternative 'healthy fruit'.

I am not sure, if I'd grapple to taste grapple :-)
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