Did you know that once an apple variety has been “discovered” horticulturists often try to “improve” it by looking for tree mutations that produce minor changes in the way it looks, keeps, or tastes? In the case of the Gala apple, one “improvement” that breeders have sought is to increase its redness. Our Galas are primarily a variety called ROYAL GALA. It has been available since the early 1990s and is described in one nursery catalogue, “Pronounced red stripes over an orange-red undercolor…the standard to which other Galas are compared.” The descriptions of more recent Gala varieties often emphasize how red the apple will get, but we love the yellow/orange/red of ours, the colors of summer sunset. We are also dedicated to good taste and texture, and ROYAL GALA in our opinion remains the standard against which other Galas are compared..
We began harvesting on August 22, and we should have Galas available for the next several weeks. Our Galas have that great color that looks like a summer sunset. They run from large to small, and have that burst of sweetness that signals the true beginning of apple season. Great for eating, in salads, muffins, as a topping for pork, and anywhere else that can use a bright fresh flavor. They are currently available at the Merc and Checkers.