Black Apples Set Consumers Atwitter
- by Andrea Allen
CHINA - You might take one look at this apple and consider it an “apple of discord,” but I’m going to stop you right there and set you straight. These black apples, a variety known as the Black Diamond Apple and grown in a remote part of Tibet, are worthy of praise—not derision.
According to TODAY, this variety stems from the family of Hua Niu apples, also known as Chinese Red Delicious. Their unique color directly correlates to the geography in which they are grown. Nyingchi, a small city in the mountains of Tibet, has a temperature that fluctuates quite dramatically at night, causing the skin of the apples to darken to that deep, dark-purple. The flesh inside, like other apples, is white.
Apart from looking like an apple the Evil Queen would tempt Snow White with, Black Diamond Apples are showing off their might in other ways. Namely, in how pricey they can be! Produced within a limited window and only available for two months of the year, these apples are mainly sold in high-end supermarkets in China. For good reason, too; an individual apple can range in price from $7 to $20!
If you’re dying to try this unique apple and don’t have the funds to get yourself to China, the United States has its own darker variety: the Arkansas Black. They’re not quite as alluring as the Black Diamond, but their rich color more than holds its own.
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