Apple, Dwarf Ginger Gold

$22.50

26 in stock

SKU: TRN-APL-DWF-GG Categories: , ,

Description

Ginger Gold apples are generally small but can vary in size from small to medium, depending on their growing environment, and have a conical shape, tapering slightly towards the base. The apples have a characteristically long and slender brown stalk and sometimes showcase surface ribbing. The semi-thin skin ripens from green to pale yellow and has a small patch of rough brown russeting in the stem cavity. If the apples are left for extended periods on the tree, they will develop a waxy coating and the occasional light red blush. Underneath the surface, the white to cream-colored flesh has a fine-grained, aqueous, and crisp consistency. The flesh also oxidizes slowly, encasing a central core filled with tiny black-brown seeds. Ginger Gold apples are initially tart when harvested, developing a sweeter, milder flavor with spice-filled nuances with age.

Ginger Gold apples, botanically classified as Malus domestica, are an early-season variety belonging to the Rosaceae family. The pale-yellow apples are one of the first commercial apple varieties to arrive in American markets each year and were discovered as a chance seedling growing in an orchard in Virginia in the late 20th century. Ginger Gold apples are also a popular home garden variety as the fruits grow on compact, semi-dwarf trees that reach 3 to 4 meters in height. Unlike other early-season cultivars, Ginger Gold apples have good storage properties, allowing them to be kept for extended use. Ginger Gold apples have a sweet-tart flavor that can be consumed fresh or utilized in cooked preparations.

Ginger Gold apples have a sweet-tart flavor suited for fresh and cooked preparations. The apples can be consumed straight out of hand and will have varying levels of tartness, depending on when they are harvested off the tree. The apples can also be chopped into salads and slaws, stirred into fruit bowls, or mixed into overnight oats. Ginger Gold apples have a crisp consistency when freshly harvested, allowing them to be used as a crunchy element in sandwiches, burgers, and grilled cheeses. In addition to fresh preparations, Ginger Gold apples hold their shape well when cooked. The apples can be used in baked goods such as pies, tarts, turnovers, muffins, bread, and cobblers, or baked whole, stuffed with spices and nuts. They can also be sauteed in browned butter and spices, pureed into apple sauce, or simmered into jams, jellies, and preserves. Beyond fresh preparations, Ginger Gold apples can be dried for extended use, consumed as a chewy snack, stirred into trail mix, or added to desserts. Ginger Gold apples pair well with cheeses such as parmesan, cheddar, and feta, spices including cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and herbs such as parsley, basil, and mint. Whole, unwashed Ginger Gold apples will keep for several weeks when stored in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer.