New Year’s Apples

I meant to post about these apples in January but, alas, I did not.  Better late than never, right?  Intended as gifts, each apple is tenderly cradled in its own styrofoam net and adorned with “2013” and a kind of cartoony serpentine creature, this being the Year of the Snake.  I am not exactly sure how these apples are grown but my guess is that a stencil is applied and as the apple ripens the motif appears. Alternately, the skin is sprayed red (yuck!), leaving the seasonal motif in its wake.  At Y6000 for the six-pack (approximately seventy bucks at the then exchange rate), they should have been flying out of the store.

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