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Quebec Apples

Quebec Apples

Although Quebec apples are tasty all year round, fall is when they’re really at their best! McIntosh, Lobo or Gala, no matter what variety you prefer, apples are both practical and versatile in the kitchen. Add them to your muffins, your roasts and stews . . . the possibilities are endless!

We’ve put together a short guide on how to choose, store, and enjoy your delicious fresh-from-Quebec apples.

HOW TO CHOOSE THEM

Choose firm, blemish-free apples with bright, uniform colour and smooth skin.
Don’t skim over the smaller apples. They often have more flavour, plus they’re the perfect size for the kids’ lunch boxes.

HOW TO STORE THEM

Three tips to remember:

1. Store your apples in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer. If you plan on eating your apples within the following week, this is the best way to keep them crisp and flavourful. Apples spoil ten times faster at room temperature!

2. Store your apples in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Did you know that apples can keep for several months? Start by removing any bruised or spoiled apples from the bunch (use the former to make applesauce!). Next, arrange them on a flat surface, away from light and humidity.

3. Wash your apples right before eating them. Avoid washing them too far in advance, as they won’t keep as long if you do.

Myth or reality?

It’s not a myth; apples do indeed cause other fruits and vegetables to ripen faster because of the ethylene gas they emit. That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep them away from other fresh produce.

EARLY PICKINGS

JERSEY MAC

JERSEY MAC

A large apple with lots of crunch. It has a juicy, sweet, and aromatic white flesh, making it ideal to snack on or juice.

Sunrise

Sunrise

A delicious cross between McIntosh and Golden Delicious, the Sunrise is one of the best early apples out there. It has a firm, sweet flesh that you’ll love biting into.

Paula Red

Paula Red

Moderately sweet and tart, and just as crunchy and juicy. Great as a snack or used for baking.

Lobo

Lobo

Hidden beneath the skin is a crunchy, semi-sweet, semi-tart flesh that’s perfect for baking pies, seeing as it keeps its shape during cooking.

CLASSICS

Spartan

Spartan

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

Gala

Gala

Characterized by golden, crisp flesh and smooth texture, this mildly sweet apple is delicious to bite into and is ideal for desserts, especially pies.

McIntosh

McIntosh

Sweet and juicy, this highly aromatic apple is delicious as a snack, or to make applesauce or juice.

Empire

Empire

Crunchy, juicy, and very sweet with just a touch of tartness, this apple is perfect cut up as a snack, as its firm flesh doesn’t brown as easily.

Cortland

Cortland

With its tender, sweet, and highly aromatic flesh, this apple is excellent in salads, seeing as it doesn’t turn brown when cut.

WORTH DISCOVERING

Ginger Gold

Ginger Gold

Underneath its distinct yellow skin is a crunchy, juicy flesh with a spicy flavour. It’s perfect for salads, seeing as it hardly turns brown when cut.

Honeycrisp

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

Golden Delicious

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

Red Delicious

Red Delicious

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

Ambrosia

Ambrosia

Pink in colour, with a crunchy, juicy, and aromatic flesh that gives off just a hint of honey. Versatile, it can be used for cooking, or in salads, seeing as it hardly turns brown when cut.

SweeTango

SweeTango

You’ll fall for this crisp, juicy apple with notes of honey. A real treat to sink your teeth into!

Ariane

Ariane

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

Gourmet tips

Gourmet tips

Divine caramel

Wondering what to do with all those fresh-picked apples? Here’s a recipe the whole family will love! Plus, it makes a great gift when stored in a cute jar! Easy to make, apple caramel is great drizzled over vanilla ice cream, yogurt, sponge cake, and French toast. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for fruit, or to elevate your pork chops! 

Hearty soup

For a touch of sweetness and tartness, add apples to your recipes. Cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnip, and squash all go great with apples. As for spices, try adding a dash of curry, cumin, coriander, or ginger—they all do a nice job of highlighting the delicate apple flavours. 

Apple crisp

For a quick and easy dessert, try making microwave crisp . . . in a mug! Simply combine diced apples and maple syrup in a mug, top with a mixture of oats, flour, brown sugar, and butter. Bake in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes and you’re done! You can also try making it with other fruit, like pears or blueberries, or try adding nuts or cinnamon to your crumble.

Winning duo

Apples and cheese go hand in hand! Try making a grilled-cheese sandwich, blue cheese and nut salad, pancakes, Oka tart, apple and cheddar muffins, or simply put together a platter or apples and cheese.