Produce of the Month: GA Gala Apples

Our fresh gala apples are from Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia. It has been a family owned and operated apple orchard since 1943 and they are now celebrating 65 years of fruitful harvests. Bill Mercier knows that sunshine, rainfall, cold nights, and the good soil of the Georgia mountains produces sweet, tart, juicy apples.

Gala apples are small and are usually red with some being green or yellow-green. Gala apples are fairly resistant to bruising and are sweet, grainy, with a mild flavor and a thinner skin than most apples.

The first Gala apple tree was one of many seedlings resulting from a cross between a Golden Delicious Apple and a Kidd’s Orange Red apple planted in New Zealand in the 1930s. This apple is now grown extensively in the United States since it was introduced in the 1970s.

It is a superb dessert apple that is excellent for fresh eating and baking. They are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They’re also a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin c.

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