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Quebec Apples

Are you familiar with the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." It’s not as absurd as you might think.

Apples are healthy fruits par excellence, because they are rich in fibers and they have an high vitamin and mineral content.

EARLY PICKINGS

Jersey Mac

Jersey Macs are large apples with lots of crunch. They have a juicy, sweet, and aromatic white flesh making them great to snack on or for juicing.

Sunrise

A delicious crossing between McIntosh and Golden Delicious apples, Sunrise apples are one of the best early apples with firm and sweet flesh you can really sink your teeth into.

Paula Red

Sweet and tart, Paula Red apples are just as crunchy as they are juicy. Eat them as a snack or use for baking.

Lobo

Inside this large apple is a crunchy semi-sweet, semi-tart flesh that's perfect for baking pies since it keeps its shape while cooking.

CLASSICS

Spartan

Nice and plump, this apple variety is the crunchiest of the bunch. Enjoy it as a snack to fully appreciate its sweet and slightly tart flavour.

Gala

With its golden, crisp flesh and smooth texture, this mildly sweet apple is delicious to bite into and excellent for desserts, especially pies.

McIntosh

Sweet and juicy, this highly aromatic apple is delicious for applesauce, juice, or to eat raw.

Empire

Crunchy, juicy, and very sweet with a hint of tartness, this is the perfect apple for snacking, since its firm flesh doesn't brown as easily.

Cortland

Cortland apples have tender, sweet, and highly aromatic flesh making them excellent for salads since they don't turn brown when cut.

WORTH DISCOVERING

Ginger Gold

Inside their distinct yellow skin is a crunchy, juicy flesh with a spicy flavour that's perfect for salads since they hardly turn brown when cut.

Honeycrisp

Incredibly crisp, juicy and sweet, this apple's name comes from its distinct honey taste, making it the perfect apple to bite into or bake with.

Golden Delicious

As delicious as it is golden, this apple has a crisp white flesh that is both sweet and slightly tart, with a delicate honey aroma. Perfect to snack on or bake with.

Ambrosia

Pink with a crunchy, juicy and aromatic flesh and a hint of honey, this apple is versatile and can be used for both cooking and salads since it browns little at room temperature.

Red Delicious

Behind its deep red skin is a creamy white juicy and sweet flesh. You can snack on it, bake with it, or make juice with it.

AVAILABILITY: End of October

SweeTango

Succumb to the juicy crunchiness of this delicious apple with hints of honey. A real treat to sink your teeth into!

Ariane

Both sweet and tart, with a firm, crunchy and juicy flesh, this apple is perfect as a snack or for baking.

How to choose

  • Choose firm, blemish-free apples with bright, uniform colour and smooth skin.
  • Don't neglect the smallest apples. They often have more concentrated flavour and are the ideal size for the kids' lunch boxes.

How to store them

  • For short-term storage, refrigerate apples to slow down the ripening process. Apples spoil more quickly at room temperature.
  • For long-term storage, place apples in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Make sure none are bruised or spoiled, because one bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch. And never store apples close to onions or potatoes.
  • Unless you want to ripen certain foods more quickly, don’t store apples close to other fruits or vegetables that spoil quickly because of the ethylene gas they emit.
  • Never wash apples before using them. If washed before being stored, they won't keep as long.

No more waste

  • Did you know that a sliced apple whose skin has browned can taste just as good, despite looking less appetizing?
  • Most of an apple's nutrients are found in the skin, so eat and cook them with the peel on.
  • Instead of discarding older apples, make some homemade applesauce by cutting them into wedges and cooking them over low heat.
  • Use homemade applesauce to replace half the butter or oil in muffin recipes.
  • You can also peel and chop apples and add them to creamed vegetables, squash, turnips, etc.

Who can resist a candy apple?

Insert a stick all the way into each apple's core. Dip them in red candy coating for a traditional version, or get imaginative and dip them in melted chocolate or caramel. Wait a few minutes before adding on your favourite candies! Place them on a sheet of parchment paper to cool. When the coating has set, go for it! 

Gourmet tips

  • When making apple sauce, combine various apple varieties — like McIntosh and Gala — to add more flavour and complexity.
  • When adding apples to a salad, bear in mind that tart varieties like the Cortland are the best ones to combine with salty ingredients.
  • Make a simple upside down cake by sprinkling the bottom of a cake pan with butter and brown sugar. Add a layer of sliced apples and top with your favourite homemade or commercial cake batter. A quick visit to the oven and cake is ready to eat!
  • For a side dish that's great with pork or chicken, sauté some apple wedges and onions in butter.
  • Place a roasting chicken on a bed of root vegetables, onions, and halved apples, and cook them all together. It’s a one-pan meal!
  • Combine halved apples with root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips) on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake in a 200°C (400°F) oven until caramelized.
  • To prepare a quick and easy dessert, sauté apple slices in butter, add some sugar and cinnamon, and caramelize. It’s delicious over ice cream or a simple yogurt.
  • For an even quicker dessert, cut apples into wedges to serve with a chocolate or caramel dip, or try a blend of whipped cream cheese and store-bought caramel sauce.
  • Add strips of apple to your coleslaw. You can even buy a pre-cut coleslaw to make short work of dinner preparation.