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When a grape meets an apple

Written by Gretchen McKay on

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Most kids love grapes and most also are quite happy to eat apples. So it follows an apple that tastes like a grape would be an immediate hit with the Rug Rat set, right?

That's what the folks at C&O Nursery in Wenachtee, Wash., are betting on. 

Two years ago they introduced the Grapple, the world's first apple formulated to taste like a grape. They're once again arriving in your grocer's produce section, where they'll be available through May. 

If that raises alarms of Franken-fruit making its way into your child's lunchbag, it would be understandable. While the apples aren't genetically modified, their creation does require Fuji and extra-fancy Gala apples being soaked in a bath of methyl anthranilate, a flavoring agent with a sweet, fruity Concord-grape-like smell used in grape-flavored gum, candy and Kool-Aid. (For me, their aroma brought back immediate memories of grape-flavored Bubble Yum.)  The chemical, which occurs naturally in Concord grapes, also is used as a non-toxic, non-lethal bird repellant, but that unappetizing bit of info, not surprisingly, didn't show up in the press release.grapple

While several co-workers were happy to nosh on the bright-red samples, my kids would not.

"That doesn't smell like grapes," said one daughter. "That smells like grape flavoring." She added, with teenaged indignation, "That's just wrong!" 

But maybe your kids will like them. 

Grapples are sold in a four-pack clamshell or four-pack poly sleeve, with a suggested retail price of $2.99 to $5.49. To find a store that carries them (locally, it's Giant Eagle), or to order online, click here.

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