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Junami is the latest pick

Crisp, juicy, and flavorful is what consumers are clamoring for in apples. Back in the dark days of the overly sweet Red Delicious, that ideal seemed impossibly far off. Now, new varieties come closer to the mark with each passing year. Meet the latest contender: the Junami (about $1.99 a pound) - rhymes with “tuna me,’’ not “tsunami.’’ It’s a Swiss cross between the Idared, Maigold, and Elstar varieties, grown in Washington state and shipped east by Rainier Fruit Co., of Selah, Wash. Spokesperson Stacia Kirby says the company decided to do this now because the Junami’s flavor actually improves in storage (and it doesn’t have to compete with our local fall crop). Catch this juicy new lunchbox cruncher while you can; they’re in our markets for three to four weeks. Junami apples available at Stop & Shop markets.