I sometimes come across apples that taste very bitter (not sour like a granny smith, but more like tannin). This is maybe one in 10 or 15 apples. It doesn't seem to be restricted to a certain variety (I've tasted it in pink lady, opal, honeycrisp and some I've forgotten). Sometimes it's just one, and sometimes it's a whole batch. Washing doesn't remove the flavor

Google search suggestions show other people have noticed this too, but I can't find a good answer as to why. It seems too common to me to not have a good answer though; maybe it's something only some people can taste, like cilantro tasting soapy or cyanide smelling like almonds?

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    Unripe when picked? – Jan Doggen May 24 '18 at 7:44
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    I think it's because the bitterness is there in the form of tannins, you don't notice it because the sweetness usually overpowers it. With an unripe apple the sugars haven't developed enough to do this. I don't have any references for this though, hence the comment. – GdD May 24 '18 at 7:59
  • I agree with @GdD, based on what I pick at home (my complaint about supermarket apples is more likely to be that they're tasteless even if sweet) – Chris H May 24 '18 at 11:49

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