A few months ago, if you told me there was a science to selecting produce, I would have laughed.
I mean, I’ve never given much thought into how I choose my fruits and veggies. To me, as long as they pass the “mom inspection” – firm, fragrant and preferably, from a local farm – they usually make it into my shopping cart. So I was intrigued to discover that there is so much more that goes into my purchase decision, and likely, yours too.
Take apples, for example. Based on a recent study of Ontario moms, here’s what we look for – in order of importance:
Freshness – Ability to Remain Crisp – The Variety of Apple – The Taste (Mix of Sweet & Tangy) – The Anti-Oxidant Properties – Locally Grown – Bright Red Colour – Good in Salads – Good in Baking
Who knew, right? For a long time, apples were just apples. However, I’ve finally found an apple that offers me everything I’m looking for, and more. You could say I’ve found my prince: my Red Prince.
Along the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario, Red Prince apples are harvested in the fall and cellared until the new year – somewhat like a fine wine. While it sleeps, its flavour and texture are enhanced as the natural sugars and acids mature to elevate the eating experience of this premium apple. And when all is finished, the apple is left with a tangy-sweet taste and a rich, crisp red skin that is high in antioxidants.
Of course, other than being crisp and delicious, there are a few other qualities which make Red Prince incredibly unique:
– The Red Prince is only available for a limited time. It is locally available from winter until summer, whereas other local apples are typically sold immediately after they are harvested in the fall. And, it stays crisp for weeks if stored in the fridge.
– It has a very unique flavour combination – it is both sweet and juicy (like the Golden Delicious) and crisp and tangy (like the Jonathan).
– The Red Prince is also unique because of the many ways it can be prepared. It is delicious when eaten fresh – on its own or in salads – but it is also perfect to be cooked, baked or juiced. It truly is your all-in-one apple.
Curious? I certainly hope so! And if you live in Ontario or Quebec, Red Prince apples are in stores NOW – so it’s the perfect time to take a bite, and see for yourself why I love them so much! BONUS – this coming weekend (February 7/8, 2015) there will be the following sampling opportunities available in-store:
Metro, Loblaws and Sobeys in Ontario
Metro and Provigo in Quebec
So, if you happen to find yourself in one of these grocery stores over the weekend, be sure to find your prince, and enjoy one of the best tasting apples you’ll ever have. Promise.
Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity recommends a daily intake of 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables. One medium sized apple equals a single serving of fruit.