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Tsugaru apples are medium-large, have a very round shape, and present as a yellow-green background covered in a red-pink blush with occasional striations. The flesh is white and crispy, firmer than their Golden Delicious parent. Tsugarus offer an intensely sweet flavor to the exclusion of acidic undertones or other apple flavor components. Some have described the flavor as weak underneath the sweetness.
Tsugaru apples are available in late summer.
Tsugaru (pronounced: SOO-GA-ROO) apples are a variety of Malus domestica that is a cross between the Golden Delicious apple and a Japanese variety called Kougyoku. They are known for being one of the sweetest apples available on the market today, similar to the Honey Crisp.
Apples are high in many important nutrients, such as Vitamin C and both soluble and insoluble fiber. Their nutritious properties have been found to keep the digestive and cardiovascular systems healthy. In addition, apples are low in calories, sodium, fat, and cholesterol.
Because of the short season and short shelf life Tsugaru apples are most often eaten fresh, out-of-hand. The crisp, juicy apples don’t brown quickly, so they are ideal for salads as well. Sweet and firm Tsugaru apples can also be used in pies, sauces, muffins and cakes. Try pairing the sweet Tsugaru with strong, savory cheeses such as cheddar or blue cheese. Tsugarus don’t generally keep very long because of their high sugar content, even when kept in proper cool, dry conditions.
Tsugaru apples come from the Aomori prefecture in Japan, which is widely known for its apple production. The region produces the most apples in Japan, and also the highest quality. People looking for an escape from the city come to Aomari’s many u-pick apple farms, to pick Tsugaru, Fuji, Mutsu, and more.
In Japan, Tsugaru apples are grown at the foot of Mount Iwaki in the Tsugaru region of Aomori prefecture. They were first bred in Morioka, Japan and introduced in 1975. They are very popular in Japan, and have only recently gained popularity in the United States.
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