Apple Mania!

One of the best things about late summer is all of the wonderful fruits available: peaches, plums, melons, the list goes on and on. But as we head into the fall and the back to school season, you may be on the hunt for a tasty apple to add to those lunch boxes!
To help in your quest for the perfect apple, we’re breaking down the similarities & differences between some of our most popular apple varieties!

Ambrosia:

This apple is a BC original and we’re pretty proud of it! Ambrosia’s are sweet, with white flesh and a crisp crunch. They’re best for snacking, salads, pies and baking! Did you know that Ambrosia apples are slow to brown, which makes them perfect for salads!

McIntosh:

McIntosh apples are rich, tangy & aromatic. Often shortened to Mac, their small to medium size makes them perfect for the lunchbox! Their flesh is white, juicy and tender – great for making a lovely pink-hued applesauce!

Pink Lady:

The Pink Lady has a distinctive ‘pink’ blush, mixed with a green ‘background’. This is a crunchy and delicious apple to enjoy in the winter season. Pink Lady’s are sweet & slightly tart, which makes them a great variety to pair with cheese boards! They’re also great for salads, snacks and pies.

Spartan:

The Spartan apple is sweet & succulent. It’s flesh is snowy white & crunchy – delicious in salads, pies and sauces. The Spartan’s flavour pairs well with strong, savory flavours like blue cheese, rosemary, ginger and walnuts. A great apple to cook with!

Sunrise:

Sunrise apples are one of the first varieties to be harvested every year. These apples are sweet yet tart, and one of the most requested apples sold here at Hofstede’s! Although they don’t last as long as other apples, they make for fantastic fresh eating and they’re great for homemade apple juice!

Gala:

Gala apples are crisp, firm and bright red or red/orange patterned fruit with a yellow background.  They are usually small to medium sized with a thinner skin. They boast a sweet & succulent taste, perfect for snacking on! Gala’s pair well with bold flavours such as herbs, wine and cheeses.