I think apples are overrated.
Seriously. They just don’t do that much for me, either crisp and raw or mushy and cooked. Either way, my feeling is… eh. I’d rather have cheese.
Once upon a time I was in a community theatre production in
Me: I think apples are overrated.
Clay: Oh yeah. I mean what’s the big deal. So it’s an apple. Psha.
Me: I like potatoes a lot better than apples. I’d rather have potatoes any day.
Clay: Potatoes are definitely a better food than apples. More versatile.
Me: You know how in French apples are called ‘pommes’?
Clay: Yeah. Where are you going with this?
Me: And they call potatoes ‘pommes de terre’… ‘apples of the earth’?
Me: I think it should be the other way around. Potatoes are more important…
Me and Clay simultaneously: Apples should be called the potatoes of the trees! YES! Potatoes of the trees!
Around this time our fellow cast-mates came out to find us snorty-pig laughing, barely breathing, red in the face, eyes watering – basically demonstrating very attractive, high performance thespian behaviors that they all should have tried instantly to imitate. Instead they looked puzzled and asked why we were in that state. We explained, gasping with renewed laughter, “Potatoes of the trees!!” and they continued to look puzzled.
I told you they were slow.
Anyway. Despite the inflated hilarity of the moment we invented the phrase, Clay and I still maintain to this day (a whole 10 years later, which boggles my mind) that Potatoes of the Trees are simply not as tasty or interesting as plain old potatoes.
I have, however, updated my opinion about apples somewhat. As a resident of
Without having tried both, I still think it’s safe to say that apple picking is bound to be much more pleasant and satisfying than potato grubbing. In that sense, apples are definitely superior. (They are also more picturesque, and smell prettier in the uncooked state. See? Look how open-minded I'm being.)
It was a bee-yoo-tiful fall day yesterday. Sunny, crisp, cool, faintly scented with hay and apples. A group of us went to a pick-your-own orchard in central
I believe it may be time for my once-every-3-years apple pie.
And if you’re local, I may be giving away fresh-picked apples this week. Give me a call. Free potatoes of the trees if you're interested.