Try a Grapple, the patented grape-infused apple

The Grapple

Have you heard of the Grapple? It’s the apple that, thanks to a grape-flavored bath, tastes like a grape.

The product, which you pronounce with a long a, bathes apples in synthesized grape flavoring—it’s not a genetic hybrid. That’s the reason the Washington Department of Agriculture classifies it as a processed food. But the apples themselves taste like normal apples with a grape-flavored kick.

The patent doesn’t have pictures of the process, but it does show off a bit of technical language. For a taste of the verbiage, check out the below (just don’t expect it to have a grape flavor):

Approximately 40 pounds of freshly picked Topexport® ‘Fuji’ apple cultivars, were placed or “dipped” in a 70° F. admixture. The admixture included approximately 2.56 fluid ounces of standard, 26.4% methyl anthranilate concentrate, diluted in a gallon of water, which is referred to herein as a “2% methyl anthranilate admixture.” This 2.56 ounce per gallon solution corresponds to approximately a 0.5% solution of methyl anthranilate, by volume. The apples were placed in the admixture for approximately 1 second. The apples were then set to dry in two “western lug,” standard 20 pound boxes, for approximately 24 hours. One lug was then placed in cold storage at approximately 35° F. and the other maintained at room temperature, averaging 70° F. After an additional period of approximately 24 hours, the cold stored apples had a pronounced grape flavor. The desirable grape flavor remained in the cold stored apples for approximately four more months. The apples left at room temperature had a noticeable grape flavor for the approximate period of one month after treatment.


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