Description: Gala apple variety was created in 1930 in New Zealand. Considered old-fashioned in the 70s in Western Europe, it came back to light in the 2000s. In France it is the second most cultivated apple variety. Rather small, covered with orange-pink to red vertical stripes, the variety resists to shocks despite its thin skin. Very sweet, slightly acidic with a touch of bitterness, it is also appreciated for being firm, juicy and tonic. For some, this refreshing small apple is famous for its banana and pear aromas.
Nutrition: Gala apples are a great snacking fruit as they are low in calories, high in water content and offer a fair amount of vitamins A, B and C. They also contain a dietary fiber known as pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and help prevent heart attacks. They also contain trace amounts of boron, which has been touted for its ability to help build strong bones.
How to use: good eaten simply fresh or in fruit salads, it will neither mask the taste of other fruits, nor lose its flavor by being mixed. Gala apples are also perfect baked in tarts or pies.
How to store: Store apples in your refrigerator when possible to maintain flavor and texture. One bad apple can ruin the whole set so when in doubt, remove any suspected fruit. Usual storage time goes from 1 to 3 months.