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Tastes somewhat like a Golden Delicious because they're related! Gala apples are excellent for both eating and baking. Native to New Zealand, this apple is now grown extensively in the United States since its introduction in the 1970s.

Scientific Binomial Name: Malus pumila

SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

A superb dessert apple that is excellent for fresh eating and baking. Most Galas apples are yellow-gold with pink to red stripes, while some Gala strains may be nearly solid red.

Selection

A good-quality Gala apple will be firm with smooth and clean skin. The coloring will usually be yellow with red stripes, but some new strains are nearly solid red.

Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. (Do not push with your thumb). It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.

Avoid

Avoid product with soft or dark spots.

If the apple skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across it, the apple has probably been in cold storage too long or has not been kept cool.

Storage

To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator.

Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5°F.

Ripening

Apples won't ripen further after being picked. Some apples will convert their starches into sugar after being picked, but this is known as "curing", and is best achieved by leaving fruit in the refrigerator - never sitting at room temperature.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.

  • Tips & Trivia
  • 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.

    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.

    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.

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