Apple Season

Jonathan apple season used to be my favorite time of year. The apples — crisp and juicy, tart and sweet — were not year-rounders like the appalling “delicious” varieties, which are anything but delicious. The delectable Jonathans came once a year in the fall, and every year, I looked forward to seeing them.

But no more.

I can’t remember the last time I had a Jonathan apple. Ten years ago, perhaps. I do remember it was a surprise — and a joy — to see them piled in the produce section because even then, the apples were hard to find. It must have been a bumper crop that year since those Michigan Jonathans managed to find their way to Colorado.

The apples were wonderful that year, and that, too, was a surprise because when the apples are good, they are very, very good, but when they are bad, they are truly horrid — mealy and tasteless.

Jonagolds — a combination of golden delicious and Jonathan apples — are the fall staple now, and though they appeal to me better than most apples on the market, they fall vastly short of the true Jonathans.

So I’ll eat the Jonagolds I bought today and pretend I don’t remember better apple days.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

6 Responses to “Apple Season”

  1. Sam Sattler Says:

    I seem to recall (or maybe I dreamed) that apples were huge a few hundred years ago as compared to the modern apple. I wonder what they tasted like if that’s true.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I don’t know about size, but I do know that heirloom apples were much sweeter, and had a range of flavors. Until I squandered my savings on a house, I’d planned on doing an apple tour in the fall. There are a lot of heirloom apples that grow only in certain areas, and they never grow enough to sell outside the area. Even though ancient apples were supposed to be a hard and sour crab apple type, I don’t believe it. Apples are too prevalent in myth, legend, religion, folklore, art not to be a special and tasty fruit.

  2. snakesinthegrass2014 Says:

    As a Michiganian I approve! (officially it’s now supposed to be “Michigander,” but when I was growing up it was Michiganian). I used to like the Jonathan… until I had my first Macintosh. But I do like both… the only one I don’t like is the Red Delicious for some reason. My mother always looked for the Northern Spy for baking, but I never see that anymore. – Marty

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I never had a good Macintosh, though it was my father’s favorite. Only mealy Macintoshes made it out west. Many years ago, before they disappeared, I also loved Rome Beauties. I dislike Red Delicious apples. I have no idea why they are so popular — I bet they have a long growing season and are able to be stored for long periods of time.

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