Is there anything more perfect than an apple? One of nature’s most perfect gifts, the apple is delicious for a snack, baked in a dessert or served with meal. Along with it’s versatility, it’s also highly portable and stays fresh longer than many other fruits. With over 7,500 varieties grown around the globe though, how do you find the one that has that perfect taste? If you’re an Ontario resident like me, you can forget 7,499 of them right now. The only one worth eating from now through until summer are Red Prince Apples.
Harvested in the fall and cellared until the new year, Red Prince Apples, mature like a fine wine before they reach the stores. While they rest, these unique apples develop a crisp texture and tangy-sweet flavour, and it’s rich red skin is loaded with anti-oxidants. Antioxidants help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease and the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
When I’m eating a Red Prince apple I feel like I’m giving karate chops to all the little free radicals trying to age me. Hi-ya!! Take that you pesky free radical. This mama is not adding to her crow’s feet today! But alas, it’s not all about me. I have children who insist on being fed—frequently—and although I’ve misplaced the manual I’m certain feeding them nutritious, delicious foods was in there.
When I toss a Red Prince Apple in their lunch bag, aside from not worrying about it spoiling, I know that I’m providing them with much needed fibre, Vitamin C, and phytochemicals. I’m also setting a good example by proving that “treats” don’t have to be wrapped in cellophane. And these apples really are treats. Red Prince Apples have a wonderfully sweet-tart taste your kids will love. Helping them reach the required 5-10 fruits and vegetables recommended by Health Canada just got a little easier thankyouverymuch.
I always thought that I was just a picky apple purchaser, but as it turns out, I’m not alone. According to research conducted by Red Prince Apples, moms actually have a very specific list we follow:
Consideration when purchasing apples, listed in order of importance are:
- Fresh/for fresh consumption
- Remain crisp
- The variety of apple
- The taste (mix of sweet & tangy)
- The anti-oxidant properties
- Locally grown
- Bright red colour
- Good in salads
- Good in baking
So it should come as no surprise to you then, that Red Prince Apples meet all the marks we’re looking for. Take a look in the sidebar for some great recipes that Red Prince apples can be used in. Don’t take my word for it though on how wonderful these apples are, go try them for yourself. There are tasting opportunities coming up at the following locations in the month of February:
Metro & Loblaws in Ontario & Quebec on February 7th & 8th
Sobeys in Ontario on Feb 7th and 8th
Sobeys in Quebec on Feb 21st and 22nd
Enjoy Red Prince Apples responsibly—by eating as many ways as possible! Please come back and tell me what you think. I know I’m hooked. The only question now is what am I going to do when they’re gone?
This post is sponsored by Red Prince Apples. All opinions on this blog are my own.