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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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We have an old variety apple tree, similar to Yellow Transparent, of uncertain origin. When ripe - that is, the flesh has softened to edibility and sweetness has developed - the skins provide a highly tannic note. Removing the skins before using the apples in cooking dramatically reduces the tannins.

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    We have an old tree as well that the previous owner of our home planted as a seedling in 1979, and like yours the flesh is super sweet and quite delicious (my kids eat them like candy). What we have done, as I generally like the skin on my apples was wash them with an abrasive (like you would a potato to get the dirt off) and it helps remove the bitter taste. I don't know why, but maybe try this in conjunction with this answer??? – J Crosby Sep 26 at 14:22

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