Fall is arriving too soon this year, our apples are coming in a few weeks early. I guess this is a good thing, we will have  Gala Apples this weekend at the market.

Here are a few tips and trivia about Gala Apples…

  • Origin: The Gala apple is native to New Zealand, but now grows extensively in Washington. A cross between the Kidd’s Orange Red and the Golden delicious, the Gala was introduced to the United States in the 1970s.*Researchers at Yale University claim that the scent of apples has a relaxing effect.
  • Rub cut apples with lemon juice to keep slices and wedges creamy white for hours.
  • Store apples in a plastic bag in the refrigerator away from strong-odored foods such as cabbage or onions to prevent flavor transfer.
  • Apples are the second most important of all fruits sold in the supermarket, ranking next to bananas.
  • Tens of thousands of varieties of apples are grown worldwide.
  • The history of apple consumption dates from Stone Age cultivation in areas we now know as Austria and Switzerland.
  • In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.
  • Folk hero Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) did indeed spread the cultivation of apples in the United States. He knew enough about apples, however, so that he did not distribute seeds, because apples do not grow true from seeds. Instead, he established nurseries in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
  • Three medium-sized apples weigh approximately one pound.
  • One pound of apples, cored and sliced, measures about 4 1/2 cups.
  • Purchase about 2 pounds of whole apples for a 9-inch pie.
  • One large apple, cored and processed through a food grinder or processor, makes about 1 cup of ground apple


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