Does anyone else think itâ€™s ironic there are â€œnatural foodâ€ aisles at grocery stores? In many chains thereâ€™s only one aisle dedicated to food that is the way nature intended it and the rest of them are full of hydrogenated palm oil, trans fats and red dye #5.
That said, I have no problem stuffing my face with such processed offerings as Clif Bars, Gu gel and electrolyte tablets while on the trail (not to mention the Doritos and PBR I inhale after a hard ride). But sometimes you just want to get back to your roots and, well, eat roots.
Or leaves, stalks, fruit â€“ whatever piece of plant your prefer. In my case, I love apples. Crispy, sweet, juicy â€“ but who really wants to ride with six ounces of bulbous produce chafing against your back?
Enter Croustipom, pronounced â€œCrusty palm.â€ (Insert joke here.) Made by Verger le Gros Pierre in Compton, Quebec, Croustipom are the perfect trail food. Theyâ€™re what the love-child of an apple and a potato chip would be like â€“ sweet but crunchy, healthy but yummy.
During a recent tour of the trails in East Hereford and Coaticook, Quebec, we brought along these morsels of Eden and they plied us with energy while amusing our bouches. A packet only weighs 3.5 ounces and the resealable bag is easy to squash flat into a side pocket. Because theyâ€™re dehydrated apples, they have a lot of natural sugars to give you that spike in vigor you need but, unlike normal dehydrated applies, they arenâ€™t rubbery and tasteless. On the contrary, theyâ€™re so crispy and good we ate them like chips â€“ devouring bags by the handful.
The one downside to Croustipom? Theyâ€™re only available in Quebec. So get yer gear to the Eastern Townships of the Belle Province, pick up a bag of Croustipom and savor nature the way the French intended it.