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.
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!"