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Apple Facts
  • • Apples have been part of the human diet since at least 6,500 BC.
  • • The Pilgrims planted the first US apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • • The US produces 2,500 different varieties of apples but only 100 are used commercially.
  • • Apples are grown in all 50 states.

Sources: University of Illinois Extension, California Apple Commission, Vermont Apples

Apple Storage and Selection

Author, poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau called the apple "the noblest of all fruits" and it's no wonder; apples are truly a work of nature. Whether red, yellow, pink, green, the best way to judge an apple is by its firmness to the touch, not its color.

  • • The best apples are free of bruises. To keep them that way, place them gently into the refrigerator bin or cellar basket.
  • • Store apples in a cool place, and refrain from washing them until just before serving to avoid spoilage.
  • • Serving tip: rub sliced apples with lemon to prevent the flesh from darkening when it meets the air.
Apple and cheddar pairing tips from Cabot and friends

Perfect pairings start with Cabot cheddar ... and end with a taste sensation like no other!

Crisp and creamy, tart and sharp ... the pairing of apples and cheddar is a natural no matter which varieties you choose. But for a little bit of guidance on just what pairings may pop even better on your taste buds, consider these unique combinations. Each uses a different apple variety and corresponding flavor of cheddar to showcase how the best alone, can be even better together.

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Apple Characteristics

  1. Heart-shaped
  2. Yellow-orange with red striping
  3. Mild, sweet but juicy
  4. Ripens mid-August to early-September

Cheese Pairing

  • A celebration of 'all things apple,' the Gala is perfectly shaped, pleasing to the eye and perfect for desserts. Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar, aged to perfection and mildly pungent, is the icing on the Gala cake and sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages.
Cheddar with Caramelized Apples

Cheddar with Caramelized Apples

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  • When it comes to Gala, think apple pie, caramel apples and crunch. Caramel, raisins and whole-wheat crackers create a deconstructed dessert or special kid treat.