Such a fruity confusion, grapples. When my mom brought home this lovely scented fruit, I was all excited. A cross between an apple and a grape? It surely looked like an apple yet smelled so divinely like a grape. What would biting into it be like? Would it be fleshy like a grape? Is it related to the guapple (guava apple hybrid) or the apple-mango (apple and mango hybrid)?
Grapple, pronounced with a long a, are actually just Washington Fuji Apples that undergo a special patented process that they refuse to divulge on their website. They claim that it’s healthy with no extra calories, and is not a hybrid nor is it genetically modified so it’s safe. I would surmise that it’s a process like osmosis or infusion—either way, it’s just grape juice and apples so I don’t think it can possibly be bad for you.
Tastewise, the Grapple is still very much an apple. Because it was originally a Fuji apple, it has the characteristic long-lasting crunch of Fuji apples. It tastes much like an apple with just a refreshing sweetness and a very slight hint of grape. Despite being predominantly apple, what I like about the Grapple is its heavenly scent. It smells of fresh, sweet grapes, that’s truly mouthwatering. We left a pair of grapples on a fruit bowl on the kitchen table, and in just a couple of hours, the whole room was suffused with a lovely, pleasing grape scent. So you don’t just get a snack / fruit / dessert. You get a room freshener to boot!
In the Philippines, it’s triple the price of a regular Fuji apple. But that’s probably because it’s imported from the US. I’ve no idea how much it costs in the States but here, it’s more than 200 Pesos for a pack of four. That’s more than a dollar each. With this price, I think I’ll stick to regular Fuji apples, but I guess I can give in occasionally—that smell is just so nice!
Have you ever tried a Grapple? How did you find it?