FRUIT ENCYCLOPEDIA


JONAGOLD APPLES

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JONAGOLD APPLES AVAILABILITY

Availble Fall-Winter-Spring Jonagold apples are typically harvested in September and are best enjoyed within a few months as they tend to lose some of their firmness with extended cold storage.

ABOUT JONAGOLD APPLES

The Jonagold apple gets its name from its heritage – a cross between a Jonathan & Golden Delicious. It debuted in 1968, a product of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Touted as a dessert variety, they are surprisingly more popular in Europe than America, where they are sometimes outshined by the Honeycrisp. The Jonagold, however, should not be overlooked. It has a yellow-green base skin color and a red-orange blush , and makes an excellent apple sauce, is delicious in pies, and can be a perfect addition to a fall salad.

JONAGOLD APPLES TASTE & RIPENESS

Jonagold apples offer a unique honey-tart flavor, and crispy, juicy nearly yellow flesh. It has a sprightly, juicy flavor like Jonathon and a sweetness and aroma similar to that of Golden Delicious.Good-quality Jonagold apples will be firm with smooth and clean skin. The coloring is bright red over gold.

RECIPES FEATURING JONAGOLD APPLES

APPLE-CHEDDAR PANINI:

INGREDIENTS:
  • 8 slices whole-grain bread
  • 1/4 cup low-fat honey mustard
  • 2 crisp apples thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces low-fat cheddar cheese thinly sliced
  • cooking spray

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat panini press on medium heat (if you don't have a panini press, just use a non-stick skillet)
  2. Lightly spread honey mustard evenly over each slice of bread.
  3. Layer apple slices and cheese over 4 slices of bread using about 1/2 apple and 2 ounces of cheese for each sandwich.
  4. Top each with the remaining bread slices.
  5. Lightly coat panini press (or skillet) with cooking spray.
  6. Grill each sandwich for 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and bread has toasted.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe courtesy Best Apples.