Apple Picking: 6 Choice Ways To Serve Opals

We’re in love with Opal Apples. A U.S. Native (opals are exclusively grown by Broetje Orchards in Southeastern Washington State), the golden hued apple offers a truly unforgettable balance of sweet and tangy flavors. On top of that, its crisp texture and naturally non-browning fruit make it perfectly suited to both individual use and commercial cooking. With some help from our friends at First Fruits Marketing, be sure to try out a few of our favorites recipes and techniques in your kitchen. After all, unique fruits deserve unique dishes.

Give Your Customers A Just Dessert

Few things in life are as satisfying as a decadent dessert at the end of a tiring day. For a simple, revitalizing dish, we’d recommend caramelizing Opals in a simple cinnamon sugar mixture. Check out the recipe here after the jump.

Pair With Cheese

Bring any plain-old cheese plate,  grilled cheese,  or bruschetta  to the next level by incorporating juicy slices of fresh Opals. The time-honed pairing of apples and cheese shouldn’t be taken lightly either; combining the two results in the perfect union of sweet and savory.

  • Pro Tip: Try pairing Opals with goat cheese, brie, or gouda.

Bring On The BBQ

An American grown apple deserves a spot in America’s favorite cuisine. Opals can add a satisfying crunch to various BBQ dishes, but they really shine when added to pulled chicken or pork sandwiches. For a double dosage of Opal goodness, try topping with Opal BBQ sauce!

Send Them To School

Opal apples are naturally non-browning, meaning that they retain their color after being cut. This is particularly good news for chefs who like to prep ahead of time, but it can be practically life-saving for those who cook with children in mind. With Opals, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll satisfy even the pickiest eater.

  • Did you know? Apples can actually improve the cognitive development of your students! Find out more here.

Stay In Good Spirits

Fruit and alcoholic beverages go hand in hand.  Due to their balanced flavor profile, Opals can help improve classic cocktails like apple-tinis,  sangria,  and old fashioneds. You can even prep garnishes early to cut down on your time behind the bar.

Keep It Green

If you prefer your dishes to be light and refreshing, try adding some Opal slices into your next salad! We’d recommend working with seasonal produce as much as possible to ensure a fittingly fresh, memorable salad. Since Opal season starts in November and runs through June, winter favorites like kale and pomegranates  are a fantastic starting point.