Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ode to Honeycrisp - By Dorothy Rages

Ode to Honeycrisp

God makes some amazing fruit that is perfect simply as it is. Each is unique and created especially for our enjoyment and our body’s use. Think of the difference between a banana and a kiwi, a persimmon and a pineapple, a watermelon and a cherry, a pomegranate and a mango. Today, I bought one tremendous apple. It was the kind of apple that makes your mouth water just looking at it. Okay, it was $2.49 a pound and I didn’t bother to weigh it. All I knew was that I was going to share it with 2 special people, and it would be worth every penny.

I was not disappointed. When my husband and son came in for a break from fence building, I was ready with my jewel of an apple. It was freshly washed. I pulled out my favorite knife and a clean cutting board. As I cut down through it, there was the unmistakable sound of crispness and a subtle aroma of autumn. It was a Honeycrisp. What a fabulous name for this pink and peach colored beauty! Yes, this is the creme de la creme of apples. The first bite said it all. It was a “moment to remember”: the loud crunch, the zing of honey sweetness beneath its skin, the trickle of juice running down my thumb, and the perfect balance of tartness. Whoa! All we could say was “Ummmmm”. Pure health in every bite. What could be better? No need to cook, mash, add sugar, or fry. Eat it fresh and slowly savor every bite. But most of all, share it with someone you love.

Dorothy Rages 10-11