Ginger Gold Apples
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Ginger Gold apples have a pale yellow skin with slight russeting on the surface. They are variable in size, but tend toward conical in shape, sometimes with ribs and long stalks. They have a crisp, cream-colored flesh with a sweet, mildly tart taste. The sweet apple also has a sharp flavor that provides a slight spiciness. The flesh has a fine texture and does not brown right away when cut, making for a nicer appearance in fruit salads and as a fresh-cut snack.
Ginger Gold apples are available from late summer through late fall.
Ginger Gold apples are one of the first Malus domestica varieties available in the fall. The Virginia apple is a cross between Golden Delicious and Albemarle Pippin (Newtown Pippin) apples. Ginger Gold has been described as one of the best-tasting early-season apples.
Apples have many important nutrients, including dietary fiber, which contributes to digestive and circulatory health. Other essential nutrients include Vitamin C, potassium, and phytochemicals, which provide antioxidant benefits. Apples are low in calories, sodium, fat, and cholesterol.
Ginger Gold apples keep their shape when cooked, so they are great for tarts or pie apples. Make an early-season applesauce with a sweet and somewhat spicy flavor. These pale apples are a great fresh out-of-hand snack, and can also be a good variety for drying. Add Ginger Gold apples to a waldorf salad for some added crunch. The sweet Ginger Gold pairs well with classic white cheddar cheese, and are excellent in recipes that call for cinnamon and brown sugar. The apple keeps well refrigerated for up to three months.
In recent history, many apples have been developed by scientists breeding for specific qualities such as hardiness or sweetness. Ginger Gold, though relatively recent, represents an older method of introducing new apple varieties—chance discovery. For hundreds of years, farmers like the one who discovered Ginger Gold have found promising new seedlings in their orchards, decided they had excellent fruit, and brought it to market.
Discovered growing near a Golden Delicious tree, the Ginger Gold was a chance seedling that began growing in Ginger Harvey’s orchard in Nelson County, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Named after the grower and its parent apple, Ginger Gold apples were introduced in the 1960s. Now, they can be found growing in smaller orchards across the United States, particularly in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions.
Recipes that include Ginger Gold Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
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