Grimes Golden Apples
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Grimes Golden apples are deep yellow, and speckled with faint lenticels (spots). Its fine-grained flesh is creamy white with a crisp bite. Exceptionally juicy the Grimes Golden has a sweet flavor with nuances of spice.
Grimes Golden apples are available in the fall.
An heirloom variety apple the Grimes Golden is parent to the famous Golden Delicious apple. There has been resurgence in interest lately in previously forgotten heirloom varieties of apples such as the Grimes Golden. This has come about both as a result of market demand and as a result of researchers and growers attempting to prevent these historically important heirloom apples from slipping into extinction.
Grimes Golden apples provide a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which has been shown to help prevent heart disease and promote healthy digestion. They also contain vitamins A and C, as well as a trace amount of boron and potassium, most of which is located in the skin of the apple.
The Grimes Golden has long been touted for its excellence as a dessert apple. Add to cakes, sweet breads and muffins. Breaking down fairly easily when cooked, it is perfect for use in sauces, preserves and chutneys. Due to its delicate flesh it is best paired with dense fleshed apples such as Rome, Fuji and Granny Smith, when used in pies and tarts. Its high juice content and lightly spiced flavor make it an ideal apple for use in cider. Grimes Golden works well in savory and fresh applications as well. Add to chopped and green salads or layer slices in burgers and sandwiches.
Discovered in 1804 by Thomas Grimes, the Grimes Golden was first found growing in Brook County, Virginia. Like many heirloom varieties the Grimes Golden was remarkably popular until growing trends were swayed by market demand. New varieties of apples were created in response to a need for trees that produced more fruit, were less susceptible to pests and disease and that produced fruit that was better suited for mass production and distribution. Today the Grimes Golden can be found growing at select orchards throughout the United States that specialize in heirloom varieties.