Apples to Apples
These are Ambrosia apples. I've been buying them from our local Farmers' Market for the past five years or so, and they have quickly become my favourite apple. Some years, the fragrance from them is so floral that the whole grocery bag seems to get infused. They are sweet and crisp with low acidity and an aromatic flavour reminiscent of pear. According to Wikipedia, the strain was first cultivated by the Mennell family of Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, who discovered the apple growing in their orchard.
Here's how I like to enjoy my Ambrosias: I slice one apple into neat wedges and fan them out nicely on a pretty plate. Then I cut a proper hunk of aged cheddar cheese, preferably five-year old (but three-year old will do in a pinch). A handful of fresh walnuts and a spot of sun to sit in are the finishing touches to my afternoon snack. I love the combination of sweet, salty, savory, and mildy nutty.