Is it only me that has noticed the degradation of the “Granny Smith” apple by Tesco, a few years back Tesco used to sell quite nice tight and small deep green “granny smiths” apples ? But now the Granny Smith’s apples they sell, seem to be getting closer to that sweet foam crap that is ‘golden delicious’ : never a brand more innaccurately phrased, ‘enemic sweetened old seating foam’ might be a more accurate a name, I think the problem started occurring when they switched to a south african supplier, someone who also supplys the golden delicious perhaps ? and there is some cross contamination genetically ? or worse as my worst fears suspect maybe its some kind of modified granny smith ? crossed with some commercialised golden delicious generic apple gene, thrown in to the mix, as these apples seem to be too uniform and bland looking to be real “granny smiths” ? Im sure theres quite a few granny smith crosses, some with a heavy commercialised genes and the granny smiths from tesco seem to be of this type ?
Having eaten both the golden deliciious and the granny smith as photographed above in a taste test, purchased from the same tescos, I can state the granny smith has the right smell (the golden delicious smells of nothing ?) But the flesh and taste appears way to similar to a golden delicious, not tight enough or tart enough. I swear someone has been dabbling here and crossed it, so that it crops, shapes and tastes like a golden delicious(with a slight taste inflection towards grannyness but not enough), but with just enough appearance of granny smith to be classed as one by identification. This granny smith is no longer a pleasant apple to eat, way too foamy and soft texture wise, nowhere near tart enough. It is this endless blurring of distinction with commercial crosses which will eventually ruin the biodiversity of real fruit varietys. and is a dangerous precedent to set, as eventually the un-iniated who can barely spell and are overly concerned, with which new twat Katie Price is fucking, are not the generation capable of determining the correct flavour pallete of a specific variety of apple. though who knows maybe my taste choice on this apple is based on an australian seedling grown in our climate ? but non the less these apple have changed and their unifomity of shape is now concurrent with that of the golden delicious which to me smells suspicious.
Hmm some shite ad agency won an award for a tescos granny smith advert ?! what the hell ? that bangs on about them being the same quality as waitrose granny smith ? but at asda prices ? I fing doubt it !
To be Honest the selection of real english variety’s of apple at Tesco seem to have massively decreased, now all we can find are the slightly bulbous foamy non definitive types, the galas and the braeburns and the pink ladys of this world :( makes me think they have a woman buyer heading up apple purchasing. The only quality variation we find is in the distinction that they still sell Bramley Cookers. But in my local Tesco’s this whole season I could find no “Cox’s Orange Pippin’s” ? mine is admiteadly a sort of oversized tesco metro, but none the less no cox’s orange pippins !
There was also complaint from the remnant local apple industry over them being an african import.
although most of the degradation has occured in the plum and peach aisle, where all tesco ever seems to purvey is round bullets of unripenable bland fleshyness.
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