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.
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