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There’s truth to the adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Indeed, there are a multitude of reasons why apples are a healthy eating choice. Apples are extremely high in pectin — a soluble fibre — and are packed with flavonoids such as quercetin. Flavonoids are compounds that help give the colorful pigment to fruits and vegetables and research suggest that they may assist with reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, asthma, and Type—2 diabetes.
Apples are a wise, healthy food choice. Latest health related apple research indicates that apples may reduce the risk of: neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease; heart disease and high cholesterol; breast cancer; colon cancer; prostate cancer; and even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Paradise Fields grows lots of apples. Actually, we grow lots and LOTS of apples. And our apple farmer’s last name is MacIntosh. So, yes, we’re REALLY into apples!
Ambrosia Apples are no ordinary apples. Aptly named after the mythical “food of the gods”, this stunning apple, born from a chance seedling, is a delight for all the senses. When you first set eyes on the Ambrosia apple, you will be drawn to its glossy, bi-coloured good looks. It has an attractive conical shape and smooth, flawless skin with a bright, almost fluorescent pink blush over a creamy-yellow background. As you draw closer, you will become aware of its distinct perfumed aroma. Then, as you bite into the Ambrosia apple’s tender, juicy flesh with its fine crisp texture, the apple’s honeyed flavour will saturate your taste buds, leaving you refreshed and satisfied. Heavenly!
Enterprise Apples are a glossy red colour, ripening in late October. They can be stored for 3-6 months in a domestic fridge. While Enterprise is good for eating fresh, it is perhaps better as a cooking apple where its tart flavor can be used to advantage. You’ll likely find them to be quite tasty and fairly tangy. Their skin is thick, similar to Mutsu; very firm and crunchy.
Gala Apples are covered in a thin yellow to orange skin, highlighted with pink to red stripes that vary in hue dependent upon the apples maturity. Their dense flesh is creamy yellow and crisp, offering a mildly sweet flavor and floral aroma. Galas that are allowed to reach the peak of their sweetness on the tree will have a deeper red hue and a slightly sweeter flavor.
Honeycrisp Apples are a near-perfect raw apple. It is fantastically crisp, thanks to larger individual cells within its flesh, and it boasts a delicate sweet-tart balance and a light berry flavor. It looks great – bright crimson and a rich chartreuse – and stores well.
Nova Spy Apples are an improved version of the beloved Northern Spy and may just be the best ever apples for yummy apple pies. Introduced from Nova Scotia, Nova Spy starts bearing apples in just three years. The large fruits have a wonderful, tart-sweet, vanilla-like flavor and are excellent for fresh eating, pies and cider. Their flesh is yellow and crisp, quite juicy, skin doesn’t get in the way or have any negative flavoring such as red delicious. This apple is very refreshing and has a classic apple taste. It’s a sweet-tart apple type that is best when eaten cold. It’s not as tart as Granny Smiths nor as sweet as a Honey Crisp.
Red Chief Delicious Apples One of the most famous apples in North America, the Red Delicious is popular for its dark red colour with tan freckles. It has a yellow-white flesh with medium firmness and very sweet taste. The fruit can be distinguished by its common elongated shape.
Red Free Apples are medium-sized apples. They have thick, smooth, waxy, glossy yellow skin covered almost entirely with bright red. Inside, they have crisp, juicy off-white flesh. The taste is a balance of sweet and tart. Red Free are a good, all-purpose apple for fresh-eating, sauce, pies, salads and baking.