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Apple of Concord? Or discord?

A Grapple is an apple infused with artificial

A Grapple is an apple infused with artificial grape flavor. (Dec. 13, 2012) Newsday / Erica Marcus. Photo Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

Perhaps you’ve heard of the apple that the serpent persuaded Eve to share with Adam? The apple of discord that was the cause of the Trojan War? The apple that prompted Newton to come up with the theory of gravity? In Western civilization there’s no more iconic fruit.

So it’s no small matter when folks decide to screw around with the apple. That’s what C&O Nursery of Washington state has done with the introduction of their Gr?pple®, in which “the sweet distinctive flavor of Concord grapes is combined with the crispness of a fresh, juicy Washington Extra Fancy apple.”

The Gr?pple® is made by soaking an apple in a solution of methyl anthranilate (artificial grape flavoring); the flavor penetrates the skin without compromising the texture of the fruit. (For information on the specific flavoring used, I’m indebted to VigorousBog’s Blog and its link to the relevant Google patent search.)

The flavor? One colleague said more grape Charms than actual grapes. According to the Gr?pple® website, “Kids love ‘em for their sweetness. Moms love ‘em because they’re a delicious, healthy alternative for high fat, sugary snacks.”

Couldn’t the same thing be said about apples that haven’t been infused with methyl anthranilate?

Don’t let their looks deceive you: These are Gr?pple®s.

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