Twelve Easy Pieces

“For years, suspicion has been growing in the orchards of the Wenatchee Valley in Washington State and in the food industry at large that fruit, nature’s original hand-held convenience food, is simply too poorly designed for today’s busy eater. The apple, for instance: whatever it has meant to Americans over the years — from mom’s pie to the little red schoolhouse — getting our mouths around one has also apparently meant some unspoken aggravation.”