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. …