Gala Apples

It’s official. Gala has taken over the Number 1 spot as America’s most popular apple variety… based on orchard production projections for 2019.

Local, fresh crop Gala Apples are now in peak season from orchards in the Mid-Atlantic, New England and Mid-West. Organic and conventional Gala Apples from the Pacific Northwest, are now in season! The 2019 fresh crop will be at its best during September through October. Expect great taste and texture on all of this fresh crop fruit during early fall. Larger-scale growers put some their harvest into controlled atmosphere storage so they can sell the rest of their 2019 crop during December, January and beyond.

The ever-popular Gala Apple is an accessible variety that the whole family will love. Good ones are lightly crisp yet easily chewable, have thin tender skins, and taste juicy, sweet and pleasantly mild. Gala Apples are ideal for snacking out of hand, but you can also use them on salads and in many baking recipes.

Choose Gala’s that have a vibrant color – bright red to deep pink blush-streaks over golden yellow. Dull appearance, no matter what the color shades are is a sign of age or improper storage.

Gala Apple Do’s & Don’ts

  • DoSqueeze the apple with your whole hand  – it should feel hard.
  • Don’t Select Galas with visible bruises or flat soft areas – signs of damage during handling.
  • Do Choose Gala’s that have a vibrant color – bright red to deep pink blush-streaks over golden yellow. Dull appearance, no matter what the color shades are is a sign of age or improper storage.
  • Don’t pick ones that have wrinkled skin – a sign of being on the shelf too long and dehydration that causes a mealy textured flesh.
  • Do Refrigerate the Apples you buy until the day you’re ready to eat them to protect their crispness. This time of year, Apples can last for a few weeks in the fridge. Be gentle, even fresh crop apples bruise easier than most people expect.

Cutting Tip

How to prevent your apple slices from turning brown.
Soak freshly cut apple slices in a bowl of cold lemon water for 3-5 minutes. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per 1 cup of cold water. The natural citric acid in lemon juice slows the oxidization of the exposed cells in the apple flesh, allowing the slices to keep a fresh cut appearance for over 24 hours if stored in a plastic bag in the fridge.