I made apple-cranberry crisp for Shabbat last week. When I was removing the sticker from a Granny Smith apple, I noticed it said, “Ta’am Gan Eden” (Taste of the Garden of Eden). I’m not sure what I think of that. Does it mean that this apple is delicious, like one would imagine the fruit in Eden might have been? (It tasted like an ordinary Granny to me.) Does it mean Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise-On-Earth because of a tart green cooking apple? (I think not.) Does it mean that if I put this apple in my crisp, I, my family, and our guests will be spat out of our comfortable homes and forced to scratch a living out of the rocky soil and thorns of the hills of Judea? (I certainly hope not.)
In the end, all was well. The crisp came out good, and we’re still in our own home. Perhaps I should sue for false product labeling.