Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fall Harvest - Apples

My daughter and son in law brought me apples from their apple orchard located in Vernon, B.C.   I am going to make apple pies and freeze them. Yum, can't wait.

Ambrosia Apples (Early Fall)
The Ambrosia apple was discovered on a Cawston BC orchard, by chance, in the 1990's, and is one of the most popular kinds of apples in British Columbia. The skin is a smooth, with a bright, almost pearly pink blush on a creamy background. Ambrosia apples have a distinct sweet honeyed flavor and slightly perfumed aroma. The flesh is tender and juicy, with a fine, crisp texture.
When sliced, Ambrosia apples don't turn brown as quickly as other apples, so they are ideal for including in fresh fruit plates, salads, or just eating as they are. Ambrosia's also retain their shape when cooked so are excellent for use in pies and pastry.
Ambrosia require less sugar than most other varieties used for cooking, because of it's high natural sugar content. Apples will maintain their tree fresh quality and last much longer if stored in the refrigerator crisper in perforated plastic bags. Ambrosia apples are generally harvested around mid September, are limited in quantity, and are usually available until November.

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