BC apples are available through the winter and spring (thanks to cold storage), but I think they really taste best when they’ve been freshly picked. Around this time of year I begin to eagerly anticipate the first harvest of BC grown apples. It seems like there is an apple for every eating occasion.
- Snacks: Sliced Royal Gala apples with cheese slices or nut butter
- Breakfast: Chopped Jonagold apples on whole grain cereal
- Lunch: Honeycrisp apple salad (chopped apples mixed with vanilla yogurt, walnuts and a touch of cinnamon or cardamom)
- Dinner: Red Rome Apple and lima bean curry
- Dessert: Baked Granny Smith apple crumble
It can be fun to explore the differences in taste, texture and appearance between different apple varieties - especially with kids. BC growers are continually working on breeding new apple varieties (the delicious Ambrosia was a BC bred apple). You can show your appreciation to the growers by trying out the new apple varieties that you see.
I love that we live in a major apple growing province and especially enjoy making a yearly trip out to a local orchard to pick several bags of apples with family and friends. There’s something about picking fruit straight off the tree that’s quite satisfying.
How do you like them apples?