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Winter Banana apples are an heirloom variety - interesting flavors with an old-fashioned sort of beauty. They are pale yellow with faint pink blush. The flavor is a nice combination of sweet and tart, with a definite banana aroma and very dense & crisp texture.

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SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

Winter banana apples can be eaten out of hand, but their dense texture makes for a better eating experience when sliced - pairing with a cheese would be an excellent choice. The tart-sweet flavor of this apple also makes it an excellent cooking apple.

The tart-sweet flavor of this apple also makes it an excellent juicing apple.

Selection

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.

    Winter Bananas originated in 1876 in Cass County, Indiana.

    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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