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Monday, December 05, 2005

Beware of the Grappel

I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater. Although I'm often hampered in my ability to try every new food I'd like by that laws of Kashrus (ie keeping kosher) when I see a new fruit or vegetable in the market, or a new kosher product on the shelf, I can rarely resist trying it, at least once.

Naturally, when I noticed the Grapple in the produce section with it's claim of tasting like a grape and looking like an apple I HAD to have it even if they were six dollars for a package of four. Having no fear of "franken-fruits" the pluot being one of my favorites, I dove right in- and darned if they didn't taste and smell just like grape while retaining the crisp crunch of a fuji apple. Silly me I didn't even think to read the package for ingredients- namely Fuji Apples and ARTIFICIAL GRAPE FLAVORING!!!!

What? I'd been duped!! These apples not were a result of gardening wizardry, or scientific achievement but merely an apple soaked in the equivalent of grape kool-aid!
A quick googlesearch of the word Grappel indicates that I'm not the first blogger to have this happen to them. For people who like to write so much you'd think we'd be better readers don't you?!


At 9:17 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

It doesn't say "All Natural Grapple" on the label.

Takanat Rabbeinu Gershon included "Vendor Emptor" vs. the standard world practice of "Caveat Emptor".

Halachik onus is on the seller. Doesn't look like a Jewish owned company selling it anyway.

Had it been, it would read "TapuNav"

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

Shifra-- I would be freaked out to eat an apple and find that it tasted like a grape. Shouldn't things be what they seem to be? (Although a grapple would a great food for `erev yôm kippur: הנסתרות ליי א-להינו, or for Purim, the holiday of concealment).

Jameel: "Let the seller beware" would be caveat vendor, not vendor emptor. ("Vendor emptor" would mean "seller buyer".)

At 11:33 AM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

i dated a girl who was once guy. ;)

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Mar gavriel - you are entirely correct about Caveat Vendor. Sorry, I was blogging under jetlag.

However, the manna from the desert was probably the forerunner of grapple.

Kids probably had lots of fun with that back then

At 2:26 PM, Blogger chuck said...

whose hechshar is that anyway?
(please check if this info is considered rechilus/loshen hara/miotzie shem ra before disclosure)
I ask 'cause i was under the impression that grape flavoring is a no no

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

It doesn't have a hechsher- I thought it was a FRUIT!

I'm just glad that the flavoring was artificial. Natural grape flavoring would have been a BIG problem kashrus-wise. Artifical would be less so but knowing what I know now, I wouldn't buy it again.

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Lab Rab said...

"pluot" - would that be a plum crossbred with an apricot? You're braver than I am, that's for sure. :)

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

That's EXACTLY what it is.
Really delicious too.

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Eliyahu said...

i believe we talked about grape kool-aid a while back. at least it wasn't Scrapple!

At 12:50 AM, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

I am weirded out by fruit manipulations, so I am kind of glad the grapple only exists in artificial form. Sorry it cost you six dollars to find that out! I like my apples to taste like apples and my grapes to taste like grapes...

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

Shifra -- you must have been REALLY disappointed the first time you ate a grapefruit.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Ezzie said...

Ah, this happened to my mother-in-law... wouldn't it be cool if there WERE a grape/apple fruit?!

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Anonymous the Cat said...

Where did you buy the grapple (at what store)? I'd like to try it!

Check out my new blog, too!

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous keepinaneyeout said...

"There is a new fruit on the market called a “Grapple.” The Grapple is a Washington State Fuji apple soaked in flavors and fatty acids and should only be used with a reliable kosher certification."


In my neighborhood (5 towns), one of the kosher supermarkets carried it, also not realizing that it wasn't a fruit. After I purchased it (also believing it to be a fruit) we told them it appeared to need hashgacha and did not have any; it was then immediately pulled from the shelves.

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Viagra Online said...

My friend don't worry about it because when I in the supermarket I get the same sensation I wanna eat everything not only fruits but also snacks and somethings like those.


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