Red Chinese Mulberries
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Philo Gold Apples
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Philo Gold apples are a medium-sized Golden Delicious variety. It has light golden yellow outer skin, speckled with small spots called lenticels. Lenticels serve as pores, allowing more oxygen to pass through the skin and the flesh of the apple. The Philo Gold apple has a thin skin and white inner flesh that offers a sweet flavor and firm crisp texture.
Philo Gold apples are available in the early fall through the winter months.
Philo Gold apples are a variety of Golden Delicious grown by the original owners of French Laundry, the Napa Valley restaurant made famous by Thomas Keller. The Philo Gold is a variety only grown in Philo, California which is located two hours north of San Francisco.
The sweet flavors and crisp texture of the Philo Gold apple make for a great fresh, out-of-hand snack in addition to many a baked good. Top cakes with slices of Philo Gold apples, or add to hearty bran muffins. Thomas Keller’s French Laundry uses Philo Gold apples to make sorbet and croquettes, while nearby Bouchon Bistro uses them in their tarte tatin.
According to the family that owns and operates Philo Apple Farm, the orchard of Golden Delicious trees on their property just north of California wine country was the very first to be planted in California. The Schmitt’s bought the 30-acre orchard in the early 1980s and have revived its grounds and the orchards thrived. Philo Gold apples make appearances at farmer’s markets and on the dessert plates of many well-known restaurants in the wine making region of Northern California.
Recipes that include Philo Gold Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Food Gal||Cranberry and Philo Gold Apple Kuchen with Hot Cream Sauce|