Apple | East Wenatchee, WA | 2012

A grocery produce section never does the apple justice. Heaped in bins and poorly lighted, the fruit’s fullness never emerges. A few years ago at an agricultural trade show, one prime example of a new variety — showcased under spotlights — mesmerized me with its rich depth of color. It seemed to be a surface-less orb that absorbed light, a space you could stick a finger into. It was also dotted with lenticels, those white specks on apple skins, that look like tiny stars. Best of all, its name: Cosmic Crisp.