Make Mediocre Apples Taste Great With A Sprinkling Of Salt

Make Mediocre Apples Taste Great With A Sprinkling Of Salt

You can get some pretty good apples right now, but sometimes even the most beautiful, promising looking crisp fruits can be a little too tart or a little too bland. This is, without a doubt, very disappointing, but don’t let it ruin your day. All your ho-hum apple needs is a sprinkling of salt.

Apples with salt was a standard childhood snack of mine. My grandmother would take super sour, one-note Granny Smiths, cut them into slices, and sprinkle them with plain table salt (she also put salt on cantaloupe), giving them a bit more dimension and flavour.

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I now know that salt doesn’t just make things salty; it suppresses bitter flavours and enhances sweetness, but at the time I just knew that I liked those salty apples.

These days, I wield the seasoning a little more judiciously and save the salt for lacklustre fruit that needs a little help in the flavour department (including crazy tart Grannies).