AVAILABLE:Though the Gala harvest begins in mid-July, they store well with proper cold storage techniques, making them available year-round.
ABOUT:Galas have gained popularity among consumers in the past 15 years and are ideal for snacking. The Gala variety was introduced to the market in 1965, as a cross of Cox’s orange pippin and Golden Delicious and was developed by New Zealand plant breeders. The Gala, being one of the relatively recent introductions, sometimes is called a "gourmet apple”. Their development was specifically aimed at the segment of the public that has been demanding better flavor in store-bought apples.
TASTE & RIPENESS:Pinkish-orange stripes over a yellow background are the signature of this crisp, aromatically sweet, snappy apple. Apples are harvested at their peak, and then put into cold storage to maintain that perfect level of ripeness. When you receive delicious Gala apples from The Fruit Company, they'll be ready to eat, no waiting required.
RECIPE:SPICY APPLE PORK CHOPS:
- 6 (1-1/2" thick) boneless pork loin chops
- 1 Tbsp. oil
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/3 cup spicy mustard
- 3 apples, unpeeled, cored, sliced 1/2" thick
- 1/2 cup currants
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
- In large skillet, heat oil and add pork chops. Brown chops on both sides, turning once.
- In medium bowl combine apple cider and mustard and blend well with wire whisk.
- Pour over chops. Cover pan and cook over medium-low heat for 40-45 minutes.
- Add apples, currants and green onions; cover and cook 5-10 minutes longer until pork is no longer pink in center and apples are tender.
- Remove pork and apples to serving platter and cover to keep warm.
- In small bowl combine cornstarch and water and mix to blend.
- Add to sauce in skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat until sauce is thickened; serve over chops and apples.
Recipe courtesy Busy Cooks.