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Apples from Belgium

So last night when I was doing my weekly grocery shopping at my favourite supermarket, I noticed apples from Belgium for the first time ever. Didn't even know Belgium was into marketing apples internationally. So of course had to buy some because it is where Frihost is from. Razz The apples were Jona apples. Not too bad, although they could have been a little more crunchy. Interesting colour too for a Jona apple - dark red, whereas the ones I'm used to in Vancouver, BC, Canada are a lighter colour red, a bit larger as well as juicier.

This is more or less what it looked like - although the ones I got were dull brownish (wonder whether if they age they turn into a different colour?):

This is the Jonagold I'm more used to from Vancouver, BC Canada - although speckled more with green:

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Yeah, there is a province in Belgium (Limburg) which is known, at least in Belgium itself, for there fruit orchards. I drove through Limburg a few days ago when I went to the abbey of Hamont-Achel to have a taste of the beer/trappist and did indeed see lots of apple trees blooming.
adri on Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:27 pm
Today I was in Dubai Mall and dropped in at my favourite Supermarket there, Waitrose. And there were apples from Belgium there as well. And they looked like the Jona Golds I'm used to. I look forward to tasting them tomorrow.

PS: Adri, it's fantastic to see you posting. Cool
deanhills on Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:41 pm
In the end I was a little disappointed with the Jonas from Belgium, as I was with the Kanzi apples from the Netherlands. They have been picked too green. As one can taste the "green" taste in them. Last year the Kanzi apples were really great. They had been picked at the right time. I tried the Kanzi a couple or more times this season, and unfortunately "green" taste every time.

deanhills on Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:34 pm
Dean, they must pick those apples green to ripen in transit rather than rot in transit.
standready on Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:27 pm
Agreed. But they have to plan it such that when it gets to the end destination it is more or less ripe. If it is picked too green, then it will probably rot first before it gets ripe. Something went wrong with the Kanzi timing this year, in comparison with last year. New Zealand, France and the US have their timings right. Most of the time. I'd say New Zealand's and France's are in average are the best, and I've tasted really good ones from Italy as well one year. Although that turned out to be a one-off. Haven't seen any apples from Italy since then.

I think the greatest challenge for getting just the right degree of ripeness is with avocados. Has to be a great art as when it is timed wrong, they rot before they get ripe. Australian avos used to be the best, until the huge floods of a few years ago. Something must have gone horribly wrong. Then the Mexicans started to win all of the way and are now supplying the Avos in the UAE. In the beginning just at the time when the Ozzie avo market started to fail there was some great wastage, but lately the Mexicans seem to have got the timings right.
deanhills on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:49 pm
Some cultivars are sold totally green. They are often a bit harder and have a fresh taste. Red apples are often softer and have a sweeter taste. I don't think there is a clear winner.
Peterssidan on Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:53 pm
Fruit is one of the things that I like best when they are fresh.
the jonagold's here are more yellow(ish) and red but not that dark so I think that they've been on the road ( or air) too long. they look more like the pink lady apples ( which I thought were from Belgium too but it turns out that they are infact Australian and called CrippsPink.

I'm more of a green apple kind of guy Razz
Marcuzzo on Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:49 am
I love green apples too. Except same thing here. They're not completely ripe yet when they arrive by air in the UAE. Only apples that succeeded with me this season so far have been the Jazz apples from New Zealand.

Just thinking of green apples, got me salivating. There is also a special seasonal apple in Canada called the McIntosh. That is probably one of the juiciest apples I know, particularly when in season. September being the best month for it. It has a similar taste to the green apples at their best, just more full bodied and plenty of juice.
deanhills on Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:09 pm
Marcuzzo on Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:21 pm
Laughing Yum for sure. Looks delicious.
deanhills on Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:24 pm

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