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Grāpple (// GRAYP-əl) is the registered brand name for a commercially marketed brand of Fuji or Gala apple that has been soaked in a solution of methyl anthranilate and water in an attempt to make the flesh taste like a Concord grape. This solution does not add additional sugars or caloric content, nor does it affect the nutritional value of a standard apple. All ingredients are USDA and FDA approved and the process has been licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Contrary to what the name implies, it is an externally flavored fruit product, not a true hybrid of two fruits.
The Grapple has been met with mixed reviews from critics. "The first bite into a Grapple actually isn’t bad. In fact, it tastes like an apple. But I defy you to finish one. Pretty soon, the artificial sweetness is overwhelming. As is the smell, and, eventually, everything around it, too. My wife’s salad last night smelled like Grapple. My cubicle has been Grappled. I am now part man, part Grapple."
- "How Is A Grāpple® Brand Apple Made?".
- The product packaging includes the subtitle Say "Grape-L"
- "Official Grapple Website". Retrieved 2011-03-30.
- Wainwright, Martin (2004-12-24). "Apple and grape give birth to Grapple". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
- Bazer, Mark (2011-05-25). "A Grapple a Day...Won't do Much for You". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
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