Pink Pearl apples have a rose color on the inside and outside. These apples are highly aromatic and have a balanced sweet tart flavor with a subtle taste of grapefruit and raspberries. They were developed by a Californian farmer named Albert Etter in 1944. The Pearl Pink apples were cultivated from the Surprise apple,an older rosy-fleshed apple, in the mid-1800s that were introduced by German settlers. The apples are only grown on the west coast of the United States in Oregon, Washington State and California. They also have a short growing season. The apples are harvested in the early fall and last through to mid or late fall.
Pink Pearl apples have a high water content. They are low in calories and have a fair amount of vitamins A, B and C. The apples have pectin in them which helps to lower cholesterol levels and have traces of boron that can help build strong bones. Pink Pearl apples can be used in the same fashion as other apples. They complement savory foods and can be served alongside pork or fish and made into preserves and applesauce.
Here are five recipes that you can use these seasonal Pink Pearl apples.
1. Pink Apple Snow (via Bella Online)
3 egg whites
2 cups apple butter (recipe here)
Beat egg whites until very stiff and dry.
Place the apple butter into a medium sized bowl, and fold the whites gently into the apple butter, until completely blended.
Serve at once with yogurt or cream, or serve chilled, as you prefer. This will keep several days in the refrigerator, though eventually some of the egg white turns watery again.
2. Pink Pearl Apple Crisp Tart (via White on Rice Couple)
3. Pink Pearl Apple Carpaccio (via Peninsula Eatz)
4. Pink Pearl Apple Sorbet (via Dessert Professional)
5. Pink Pearl Apple Cups with Fromage Blanc (via Amy Glaze)
Pink Pearl apples should be firm with a smooth and clean skin. It will have a solid and heavy feel to it.
Avoid the Pink Pearl apples that have dark or soft spots.
When your rub your thumb across the apple, it should not wrinkle. If it does, that means that it is well past it’s prime.
Have you seen Pink Pearl apples before?
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