Gourmands celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, have devised an array of startlingly sophisticated ways to combine apples and honey. NPR last week shared recipes for honey almond semifreddo with apples, apple macarons with honey buttercream, and rosemary honey apple galette.
Yet the vast majority of Jews who observe the annual tradition of ensuring a sweet year by eating honeyed apples won't bother with egg whites and heavy cream. They'll press an apple through a slicer and serve the segments with a bowlful of sticky honey for dipping.
But which apple is best-suited for the festive snack? Danielle Trovato, spokesperson for the Washington Apple Commission, says Granny Smiths and Braeburns have the tartness to stand up to a slathering of honey.
"Everything else would be too sweet," she warns.
Since sweetness is the point of the exercise, eaters with strong sweet teeth might opt for an extraordinarily sweet apple when the holiday starts tomorrow night. Trovato suggests Galas, the only Washington-grown apple from the 2011 harvest season that Seattle shoppers are likely to find. The delayed onset of summer means most currently available apples are from last year's crop. "We're picking Galas now," Trovato says.
Trovato admits she's never put honey on her apples.
"I've had caramel and peanut butter," she says. "I'm going to have to try it."