So those who know me know that I eat very little fruit. I don't like berries, I can't handle citrus pulp, and feel the same way about the skin of an apple. I will suck a lemon wedge dry though.
I discovered that I could eat apples when I peel them or cut into them and eat out to the skin.
Eating apples started to become a regular thing during my field courses during my undergraduate work. We got to make our lunches, and one time I grabbed an apple (red delicious). I had my Leatherman with me, and at lunch time I skinned it, and it was one of the best tasting things I had ever eaten. Plus it gave me some needed sugar and water. And as an added bonus, the pile of skin that I was smart enough to pile up away from where my team partners and I were eating gave the flies a place to gather and not bother us while we ate.
After returning to civilization, I would occasionally try to recreate the experience, but then I had to hunt for the right flavor and texture. I wanted something slightly tart with a crisp texture.
After much experimentation, I found the braeburn apple. It has become my go to, and yet still there is a surprising amount of variation from apple to apple depending on the color, the date, and their age.
Every now and then I get the perfect apple. One that is crisp, moist, sweet with a hint of sour, and no hidden bruises.
But today, I read this article, and fear for my apples.
And you cannot imagine how difficult is was to type "apple" so many times.