I find they go great together! Yes, straight balsamic. The juicy sweetness of the apple offsets the sharp acidity and brings out the balsamic flavor. I'm not kidding. Slice the apples, dip them in the vinegar.... wow, it gives me a new appreciation for balsamic.
I love apples (especially Granny Smith ones). Always have. Always will. When I was a kid, I always ate the apple like everyone else, just ate it whole. Then for some reason I began cutting the apple in 4 pieces leaving the core of course. Ever since, I always cut the apples, I never just eat them without a knife involved. Strange habit, I know!
"Anyway I prefer apples that is a little sweet and soft. I hate hard, sour apples."
Interesting, I am of the complete opposite opinion - I love sour, hard apples, the harder the better. And apples that are soft-ish and overly sweet I don't even bother with, I don't like them because their taste is nothing to me.
Perhaps it is the pesticides that are causing the reaction. I have never heard of anyone allergic to apples before. I have heard of many more people having reactions to pesticides on produce in general.
I'm not sure if I have tried organic apples
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But I don't think it's the pesticides. I've been tested and I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to a particular protein which is in birch pollen, apples, potatoes and quite a few other fruits too. Thanks for trying to help though
The first one was a Red Delicious and the skin was, alas, not delicious :-). It was thick with a not very pleasant texture and not much taste either. However I've moved on to Gala apples now. I like them much better. In fact even the skin was much better - tastier, thinner but still had a nice crunch. I'll give a Granny Smith a try next. It's really wonderful - at my local supermarket, there is always a beautiful display and selection of all different types of apples, colors, sizes, etc. They look so appetizing. Apples are my favorite fruit and I have to say, this thread has really gotten me feeling adventurous! I'm going to try more of all the different varieties.
And which is your favorite, is it the Granny Smiths :-)?
That is interesting. Gluten is a protein also. Thanks for the info, i learned something. And the protein is compromised due to cooking! Peeling potatoes i do not do neither...i eat it I just wash it thoroughly. Again i try to get as much organic foods as possible.
Granny Smith apples are great for applie pie...
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For eating raw, not so much.
Of the commonly found supermarket applies, I prefer Gala. In general, I tend to like sweet apples that, for some reason, tend to be colored with a mix of red and gold. Many local applies are quite good, but they generally are similar to Gala, if a bit tastier.
I don't have a strong preference for crisp vs.soft.