cream of the crop, the

cream of the crop, the

The best or choicest of anything, as in The apples from this orchard are definitely the cream of the crop. The noun cream has been used to mean "the best" since the 16th century. The French equivalent of the present term, la crème de la crème ("the cream of the cream") was familiar in English by 1800.
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Cream Of The Crop, the Irish potato grower and packaging company owned by north county Dublin family Peter Keogh & Sons, has launched limited edition 'Highland Burgundy' Red potatoes as part of its 'International Year of the Potato' celebrations.