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9 Favourite Australian grown Apples

9 Favourite Australian grown Apples

The world’s favourite snacking fruit has more than a thousand of varieties being grown throughout the world with many different colours, textures and flavours.

Did you know?

  • An apple provides an average of 80 calories
  • One apple has five grams of fibre approximately
  • Two thirds of its fibre content is on the peel
  • Apples are usually a good source of vitamin C and potassium

 

Kalei

Kalei apples were developed in Queensland through careful cross-pollination and without chemicals or genetic engineering. Kalei means ‘loveable’in Hawaiian and is a sweet red apple that retains its firmness, texture and crispness for up to three weeks. Great for lasting in the fruit bowl at home.  And the best part is: they can withstand apple scab in the orchard, providing health benefits to consumers and financial benefits to growers.

Sweetness: 5 out of 5

 

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious apples have a bright yellow to golden skin, sometimes with a pink tinge. When the skin turns from green to gold they are at their sweetest, crunchiest and juiciest. Being a naturally crisp fresh apple, they are popular in tarts, pies, and caramelised for baking.

Sweetness: 3 out of 5

 

Fuji

Fuji apples are sweeter than other varieties with a sweet honey taste. Crisp and juicy with a firm texture, these apples are considered ideal for snacking! Although their skin colour can vary, they are most commonly red/pink blush over a greeny-yellow base. Having a high sugar content, Fuji apples are great for cooking as they will retain their shape.

Sweetness: 5 out of 5

 

Granny Smith

This Australian native apple was discovered in 1868 as a chance seedling by “Granny” Anne Smith of Ryde, NSW. Granny Smith are famous for their bright green skin and tart flavour. Their tart, tangy flavour makes them sensational for baking, pies, salads and sauces.

Sweetness: 4 out of 5

 

Pink Lady

Pink Lady apples – also known as Cripps Pink – were developed in the 1970s and are a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams. Known as the ‘Queen of apples’, they are crisp with a firm flesh and an almost effervescent flavour. This makes them perfect for cooking.  Their distinctive pink colouring, fizzy flavour and mouth-watering crunch have made them Australia’s most favourite apple.

Sweetness: 2 out of 5

 

Jazz

Originated from New Zealand, jazz apples are a cross between Gala and Braeburn apples. These apples have a pink/red blush skin, a firm dense flesh and a tangy, sweet flavour. The sweet tangy flavour of Jazz apples makes them an apple everyone can enjoy. Maintaining their sweetness and crisp texture when baked, Jazz apples are a fantastic dessert apple perfect in baked goods like muffins, cakes, breads and pies.

Sweetness: 5 out of 5

 

Lady William

A chance seedling from Western Australia around 1935, Lady William apples are thought to be a cross between Granny Smith and Rokewood. This late season, winter apple is a lovely red flush colour with very firm flesh. It is crisp and juicy with a sharp/sweet flavour and an excellent sugar-acid balance. If picked too early these apples will be tart, but mellow to perfection when left on the tree.

Sweetness: 3 out of 5

 

Gala

One of the most well known apples, Royal Gala are a cross between Kidd’s Orange Red and Golden Delicious. Their skin is non-uniform but is generally pale orange-yellow with red striping. Gala apples are a sweet, aromatic and juicy apple ideal for baking, salads, sauces and are just the right apple for pressing into cider!

Sweetness: 4 out of 5

 

Red Delicious

Red Delicious are the classic Snow White apple shape with an intense deep red to crimson skin. These apples are refreshing with a mildly sweet flavour and light crispness. Being a softer apple, Red Delicious are best eaten raw and used in fresh preparations such as salads. A great on-the-go snack!

Sweetness: 2 out of 5

 

There are so many delicious options! Share with us how many of these varieties have you tried and what is your favourite? 😛

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