Grapple (/ˈɡræpəl/ GRAPP-əl)[1][2] is the registered brand name for a commercially marketed brand of Fuji or Gala apple that has been soaked in a solution of concentrated grape flavor (methyl anthranilate) and water in order to make the flesh taste like a Concord grape. This is done in the United States Of America. This solution does not add additional sugars or caloric content, nor does it affect the nutritional value of a standard apple.[1] All ingredients are approved by the US Department of Agriculture and the US Food and Drug Administration, with the production process licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.[3]

A four-pack of Grapples on a supermarket stand in S. San Francisco, United States.

Contrary to what the name implies, it is an externally flavored fruit product, not a true hybrid of two fruits.[4] The company's use of plastic clampshell packaging has received criticism, notably from a March 2019 investigation by CBC Marketplace.[5] Grapple's use of plastic packaging was voted the most egregious example of excessive consumer plastic packaging in a 2019 Canadian poll conducted by Marketplace.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "How Is A GrapplePlus® Brand Apple Made?".
  2. ^ The product packaging includes the subtitle Say "Grr-apple"
  3. ^ "Official Grapple Website". Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  4. ^ Wainwright, Martin (2004-12-24). "Apple and grape give birth to Grapple". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
  5. ^ CBC Marketplace (2019-04-05). "Are these the most over-packaged products?" (video). CBC News.

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