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Also known as a Pinata apple, the Pinova Apple is a relatively new variety with old-fashioned apple flavor. The Pinova has some fine European heritage including Cox Orange Pippin & Duchess of Oldenberg varieties along with Golden Delicious. The Pinova stores well.

Scientific Binomial Name: Malus pumila

SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

Also known as the Pinata apple, the Pinova is a balanced apple - doing equally well when eaten out of hand or cooked.

Selection

Good-quality Pinova apples have a distinctive dark red blush over a yellow background color with prominent lenticels. The Pinova stores exceptionally well, retaining its distinctive crisp and crunchy texture for many months.

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.

    The Pinova apple is a new apple variety with old-fashioned apple flavor. Bred in Dresden, Germany, the variety was introduced in 1986 and has since become very popular in Europe. Its family tree includes 'Duchess of Oldenberg', 'Cox Orange Pippin' and 'Golden Delicious' varieties.

    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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