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Akane apples are used mostly for cooking, but don't miss this variety if you like a somewhat tart apple.

Scientific Binomial Name: Malus pumila

SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

The Akane is best used for baking or desserts due to it's slightly tart flavor and texture that holds up well when baked. The apple will hold it's shape in pies as well.

Slight tartness of the Bramley apple makes it great for juicing.

Selection

Good-quality Akane apples will be firm with smooth, clean skin and have good color for the variety - which in this case is bright 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.

    Bramley Apples are the most popular cooking apple in the UK, making up 95% of the market share for cooking apples.

    In the early 1990s, the Mennell family of B.C.'s Similkameen Valley discovered a tree in their orchard that had been replanted with Jonagold trees in an area that had previously contained Red and Golden Delicious trees. As is sometimes the case with new apple varieties, a chance seedling grew. Even though its fruit was less attractive by most standards at the time (given its bi-color skin), the fruit was picked clean from the tree by the pickers. The best apples sell themselves through taste - and the Ambrosia was a perfect example of people voting with their palette. Once the existing tree had matured, the growers cut and grafted a few branches into other trees. 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.

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