french apple cake with opal apples


At first glance in the grocery store, I thought these Opal apples were just huge yellow bell peppers, and I wondered why they were selling them in a different area than where the other bell peppers were. Then I noticed the sign that read “Opal Apples”

This variety of apple was developed in the Czech Republic and is exclusively grown in FirstFruits Farms in the southeastern part of Washington state. They are the only orchard in the US that grows Opal apples! Introduced in 2010, these apples are a cross between Golden Delicious and Topaz (another apple developed in the Czech Republic), which resulted in an apple that not only had a more vibrant yellow color on their exterior, but also a non-browning feature of their interior when exposed to air. Seriously, the apples you see here were cut stayed fresh-looking for hours!

And just in case you’re wondering, taste-wise…

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