How do you like them (Japanese) apples?
Having gone through most of the Japanese orange selection at the market, I've now shifted my attention toward the apples, most of which have been eye-poppingly huge and individually wrapped in protective foam sleeves. I grabbed one of the big ones plus some tiny golf ball-sized ones that I'd never seen before either (a normal Granny Smith is shoved in the middle there for scale).
At first, I wasn't quite sure what to make of the one on the right, as it was so big that it almost could have fed a family of four. But after having tasted a slice, I was very glad that it was so big, as I kept wanting more. It was very delicate in flavor (only mildly sweet), but it was so juicy that one could almost call it thirst-quenching. And of course it was perfectly firm without any of that nasty mushiness that I hate about common apples.
I couldn't say the same about the little one on the left though. It may look a bit like a plum in the photo, but it was an apple, and was sold in a box for about S$10 (US$6.50). It didn't really taste any different from regular old Red Delicious apples - and unfortunately, this box might have been around for a while as the texture was disappointingly mushy. The small size also made it a bit annoying to eat considering that it was too easy to bite into the seeds in the core. But that didn't matter; I was totally stuffed from eating that giant apple on the right anyway...that thing was almost a meal on its own.