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Pristine apples are both beautiful and frail in appearance. They are round and medium in size, with lemon-yellow skin, sometimes with a red blush. The flesh is white or creamy. The taste of Pristine apples is refreshing and bright, though it also has a high sugar content and is not particularly acidic.
Pristine apples are available in late summer.
Pristine Apples are a variety of Malus domestica developed by a modern crop breeding program. The Pristine apple tree is notable for its productiveness and disease resistance. They are very fast-growing and adaptable and grow under a wide range of conditions.
Apples are a great addition to the diet. Not only are they low in nutrients such as sodium and trans fats, they are high in nutrients such as fiber, Vitamin C, and potassium. They also contain phytochemicals, substances that have a range of health benefits.
Good for most uses, Pristine apples make a fine eating, cooking, and baking variety, though they shine brightest when eaten fresh; they can also be juiced and dried. The flavor of Pristines pairs well with strong-flavored foods such as buckwheat honey. Pristine apples keep well for an early variety, although cannot be compared to the longevity of later-season apples. They can be kept for up to a month in the refrigerator.
Breeding programs across the United States are in search of new varieties that do not need as much chemical spraying as other, traditional varieties, in order to protect farmland and reduce costs to farmers. Pristine apples are one such variety, which has been bred to resist common diseases.
The Pristine apple was produced by a cooperative breeding program between the Illinois, Indiana, and New Jersey agricultural experimental stations, which has produced a number of other apples. This particular variety was bred in Indiana and introduced to the market in 1994.