Apples

Types of Apples

There are more than 7000 varieties of apples with more than 100 grown globally for commercial use. Australia is a very healthy disease and pest free apple growing enviroment and apples are grown throughout Australia with Victoria being the biggest single producer.

Selection and Storage

What type of eating apple to choose should be dictated by personal preference and what is in season.  Choose Apples that are firm with unmarked skin. Apples keep best in the crisper section of the refrigerator.

Availability

Most Apples are harvested in Autumn-Winter then kept in Controlled Atmosphere (CA) throughout the rest of the year. Some Apples like Granny Smith and Pink Lady keep better in CA than others and are consistently good throughout the year.

Using

All apples are good for eating depending upon your preference. For cooking Granny Smith are ideal. Rub cut apple skin with lemon juice to prevent discolouration

Nutrition Information

Apples are low GI and very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium they are a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.

Fuji Apples

Fuji’s were originally a Japanese variety now very popular in Australia. Fuji’s have a crisp texture and a sweet flavour. The skin is red with small white spots.

Braeburn

This juicy, crisp sweet/tart apple has cream flesh and a red blush and stripes over a yellow background. Best in Autumn.

Greenstar

A new small to medium green variety that is a cross between a Delbarestival and Granny Smith. Crunchy, juicy and sweet Greenstars don’t go brown when cut so are good for salads and kids lunch boxes. Best in Autumn-Winter.

Kanzi

A medium sized red apple hybrid of Gala Must and Braeburn with a sweet/sour flavour. A crunchy new variety which peaks in Autumn.

Jazz Aples

A new small to medium red apple cross between a Gala and Braeburn with firm, crisp juicy flesh and a tangy/sweet flavour. This apple keeps well and is best in Autumn.

 

Sundowner Apples

These apples are a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Lady William which was developed in Western Australia. It has a similar appearance to a Pink Lady but is generally smaller. They are a delicious eating apple when at their peak with a slightly tart taste and greenish flesh. These Apples are harvested in April-May but keep well.

Golden Delicious Apples

This is an eating and cooking apple that orginated in the 1800’s and is popular with older Australians. It has a distincitive pale-green/yellow freckled skin. Golden Delicious apples keep there shape when cooked.

Granny Smith

These are the ideal cooking apple and good for eating later in the season when not so acidic/tart. Granny Smith have a firm, juicy flesh which in early season cooks to a pulp and in late season cooks a little firmer. They are available all year.

Royal Gala Apples

These are sweet, crisp and popular eating apple. The skin is stripy with differing degrees of red and yellow flesh. Galas are a good keeping apple and available from all year round with peak season late Summer-Autumn.

Red Delicious

There are many strains of this apple which originated in the United States. This Apple divides consumers between the passionate few and the many critics. It is harvested March to May.

Pink Lady Apples

Pink Ladies are a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Lady William. Although a relatively new variety they have fast become Australia’s number 1 eating Apple. They are grown in every state. They have Sweet-tart flavor, and keep well so are good consistently good while they are available from February-December.

Jonathon Apples

These are a good early season Apples best February-April, they do not store well in CA. They are a small-medium apple primarily red with a green blush. Jonathon have a crisp, fresh, juicy taste.

Johno Gold

This crisp sweet and juicy variety, a cross between a Johnathon and a Golden Delicious has  bright red skin over a yellow base. Good in Autumn and Winter.