Criterion Apples are an excellent eating apple, but they are also excellent for pies, salads and sauce. As often occurs, Criterion apples were a chance seedling. The cross between Winter Banana, Red and Gold Delicious apples produced a crisp and juicy apple with a barely tart twist.
Scientific Binomial Name: Malus domestica
Criterion apples are best known for eating fresh out of and, but they are also excellent for pies, salads & sauce. This apples is also excellent for drying.
Good-quality Criterion apples will be firm with smooth, clean skin. 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.
The Criterion has the distinctive shape of a Red Delicious, but has a bold yellow to red color combination.
To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator. Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5 degrees F.
Avoid product with soft or dark spots. Also 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.
Criterion apples are available year round, but peak in the fall.
Criterion Apple Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 medium apple (154g)
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.
Criterion apples are excellent for juicing and cider.
Apple Tips & Trivia
- The Criterion apple was discovered as a chance seedling in the late 1960's in an orchard near Parker, Washington.
- The Criterion apple is a cross between Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Winter Banana Apples.
- 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.
- Apples are the second most important of all fruits sold in the supermarket, ranking next to bananas.
- Tens of thousands of varieties of apples are grown worldwide.
- 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.
- Three medium-sized apples weigh approximately one pound.
- One pound of apples, cored and sliced, measures about 4 1/2 cups.
- Purchase about 2 pounds of whole apples for a 9-inch pie.
- One large apple, cored and processed through a food grinder or processor, makes about 1 cup of ground apple.