Big, beautiful, crisp, delicious, everything an apple should be and then some, but if you’re looking to find this in your grocery store, forget about it.
Why? This apple is a “cull.” It, and its siblings were culled from the apples the farmer sends to the grocery store because it was . . . wait for it . . . too big. That’s right, size does matter, and with apples, bigger is not necessarily better.
Fortunately for us, Jim and I stumbled upon these apples and the farmer who grew them, at a roadside stand near Lake Chelan. We obtained a plastic grocery bag full of these honeycrisp apples, about 8-10 lbs worth for only $5. And there were many more bags just like them.
Normally, when you think of “culls” – if you think about them at all – the typical image is of bruised fruit, not pretty enough for the store, but perfect for the juice factory. In other words, culls usually have defects. Things like bruising, punctures, holes made by birds or worms, etc. One common culling category, however, is “off shape.” That’s right, if it’s too big or too small, it’s not suitable for shipping to the stores.
This practice seems a bit silly to me, not to mention wasteful. What do you think? When shopping, does size matter to you?