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Apple season in our bakeries: new recipes and classic favorites

Amy Fouks, bakery category manager
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

It’s my favorite time of year! You can start to feel that crisp fall air, see the leaves changing and smell the season change – be sure to throw an extra blanket on the bed and sleep with the windows open.

This also means apple season is finally here. The apple is hands-down the most popular fruit inclusion in our bakeries. You can’t go wrong with a delicious, juicy apple; its flavor is so complementary to just about anything. Get your taste buds ready for fall with these apple-filled masterpieces.

Minnesota grown ... from New Zealand?

by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Thursday, May 31, 2012

During the spring months as we walk through the produce department, most of us are thinking about berries, cherries, and peaches. After all, this is the season when those summertime items begin to get bigger, brighter, and tastier. Many people tend to speed past the apple displays and barely give them a second look. We have been conditioned to buy apples when the leaves change, not when they blossom. However, there is a new reason to give the apple section a lot more attention as we move closer to summer.

Opal apples – rethink your apple flavor

by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Monday, February 13, 2012

Over the past 15 years, we have all watched the University of Minnesota-developed Honeycrisp apple go from a great apple with very limited supply to an unbelievable phenomenon that has changed the apple industry forever.

When you bite into a Honeycrisp, it slaps you across the face. It is an instant rush of flavor that is almost unnatural. Stingingly sweet like a piece of hard candy, this has been my favorite apple for years and it is probably the same for many of you. I was almost to the point where I didn’t think it was possible to create a better apple. Or is it?

Local Apples

By Merrilyn Tauscher, FoodE Manager
Monday, October 24, 2011

Many years ago my dad planted  eight apple trees at our cabin in Buffalo, MN. He joked that someday he was going to sell his apples at a roadside stand. Although that never happened, my mom still hikes up to the orchard and picks apples for apple sauce and her famous pies. The mix of Haralson, Cortland and other perennial apple favorites (link to our chart) have not been pruned or sprayed for many years, but still provide bumper crops of beauties, well not too beautiful, but very tasty.

If you want a real apple orchard and breathtakingly beautiful apples, look no farther than Lake City. Nestled on a bluff overlooking the lake is Minnesota’s largest apple grower ~ Pepin Heights Orchard. Our FoodE Experts got a firsthand look on a recent trip and followed the apples from being hand-picked to hand-packed.

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