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Something to look forward to: Opal apples

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Guess what guys. There is a new apple coming to town and her name is Opal. These apples are AWESOME. I like them more than Honey Crisps! What’s the catch?

a) They have just been introduced to the market, and are very difficult to find. I have scoured my city with no luck. The good news is: we have our ways at Red Sky Orchards. You should be seeing them for sale this fall.

b) They look awful. Really, they look like Golden Delicious apples that have seen better days. DO NOT BE FOOLED. Remember when your mother used to tell you not to judge a book by its cover? That applies to dear Opal. She has a plain exterior, but is pure sweetness on the inside.

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I found Opals to taste sweet (but not boringly so) and crunchy. I also think they will make excellent apple pies- there is something about them that tastes old fashioned, like how apples were always supposed to be, even though it’s a brand new variety.

You can read the marketing on the apple here: http://thepacker.com/Opal-apple-unveiled-by-FirstFruits/Article.aspx?oid=1005291&fid=PACKER-CROPS-AND-MARKETS&aid=117

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Author: karawise

Hello! My name is Kara Wise, and I'm here to tell you about the goings-on not only at Red Sky Orchards fruit stand, but in local agriculture from both a farmers and consumers point of view. From what is currently in season at Red Sky to the merits of organic vs. inorganic fruit, this is the place for peach noshers and info seekers alike. Red Sky Orchards orchards got its start in the 1960's when Llyod Wise, a pioneering potato farmer, decided to try his luck in apple farming on a remote piece of land outside of Yakima, WA. Today, Red Sky Orchards has evolved into a premium fruit and mercantile business near Cle Elum, WA. It now is owned and operated by Lloyd's youngest son Randy and his wife Laura. In addition, their children Derric, Kara (me!), and Ryan fill their own unique roles in the business.

6 thoughts on “Something to look forward to: Opal apples

  1. Just had my first taste and yes, they are GOOD. I can’t wait to have a fresh one, considering this one I ate in April must have been in storage all winter!

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  4. It’s funny you say they look awful because it was their beautiful yellow color that drew me to the box at Safeway yesterday! I am totally putting a big ole white bowl of them on my table as a centerpiece :)

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