While our newly planted Arctic® apple trees aren’t producing fruit just yet, we had just enough Arctic® fruit to send a few sample boxes to some eager apple lovers over the past month.
And, if there’s one thing we’re thankful for this U.S. Thanksgiving (even if we are mostly Canadians at OSF!) it’s all of the awesome feedback we’ve seen from recipients of these Arctic® apple samples:
- Journalist Emily Waltz was the very first to receive samples, and she and her children really put them to the test! As she explains in a post on NY Times’ “Motherlode” website, they passed with flying colors (well, mostly white)!
- Some Arctic® Golden slices were served at a potluck next to conventional Golden Delicious slices, and as the photographic evidence shows, attendees had a clear preference.
- Food Science Professor John Coupland ran an informal experiment of his own, making some Arctic® applesauce to compare with conventional applesauce. Unfortunately, he forgot to label them! Perhaps you can spot which one’s made from Arctic® apples??
Plus, that’s just a small sampling of those who, er, did some sampling! We’ll be sharing lots more feedback via our @ArcticApples Twitter account so everyone can live vicariously through others until Arctic® apples are readily available.
We wish we could share samples with everyone, after all, but luckily, we’ll have increasing amounts of apples available each year going forward now that Arctic® apples are approved, and that’s certainly another thing we’re thankful for!!