Falling for Heirloom Apples

Frieda's Specialty Produce - Organic Heirloom Apples

What makes Heirloom Apples special? It’s more than just the different colors, flavors, and textures. They have history on their side. Many of these beautiful fruits can be traced back to the colonial days, or in the case of the Orleans Reinette, as far back as 1776 France!

The most commonly seen apples in today’s produce department were once considered “heirloom” varieties—McIntosh, Gala, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith, to name a few.  But after many years of year-round availability and shipping durability, these apples have lost that specialty cache.

Heirloom Apples, however, are still grown in much smaller quantities and are available only in the fall.  They also come in a dazzling array of shapes, sizes, colors, textures, and flavors.  Some apple aficionados compare the flavor profiles of Heirloom Apples to wine tasting.

For example, Cortland Apple has vivid red and green skin and crispy, juicy flesh and sweet/tart flavor. It was developed in 1898 by Professor S.A. Beach of New York.  On the other hand, Green Dragon Apple originates in Japan and named after the Chinese symbol for royalty. With its natural brown freckles, the Green Dragon Apple is often confused with blemished Golden Delicious, but once you’ve tasted it, you will know the difference—the intense apple aroma and crispy, sweet taste is quite unforgettable!

According to the Huffington Post, there are an estimated 15,000 or more apple varieties that have been named and grown in North America. How many of them have you tasted?

Ask your produce manager for Frieda’s Organic Heirloom Apples today.

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