Reflecting on 2017: Best of Our Blog

Our team at Okanagan Specialty Fruits will always remember 2017 as the year that nonbrowning Arctic® apples first hit stores, but there were plenty of other highlights from the past 12 months! So, for our first blog post of 2018, we wanted to look back at the topics that readers like you enjoyed the most. So, without further ado, here are the most-read posts from 2017 on and five older favorites that are standing the test of time:

Best of 2017

  1. New year, new logo for Arctic® apples

How fitting is it that our most popular post of 2017 was the very first one?? Sharing our refreshed look, and how our founders, long-time apple growers Neal and Louisa Carter, developed our brand in the first place was a must-read!

  1. 5 tips to reduce food waste at home

Reducing food waste has always been a core mission for us, and we hope all the attention this important topic got in 2017 carries forward.

  1. A year in the orchard

Joel Carter, son of our founders Neal & Louisa Carter, provides insight into a day in the life of a farmer during winter (the work definitely doesn’t stop when the snow starts!).

  1. DIY: Arctic® apple roses

Since Arctic® apples don’t brown, they’re perfect to use in beautiful recipes, including these Arctic® apple roses – you can give them a try at home with this helpful “how-to” guide.

  1. Exploring Arctic® apples

This past fall, we had an amazing time hosting 10 dietitians and food bloggers at our Arctic® apples orchard in Washington State. This post shares some of the highlights from this fun and educational event.


Timeless Favorites

  1. How’d we “make” a nonbrowning apple?

One of our first-ever blog posts has been an annual favorite every year since it was first published more than 6 years ago! For a quick overview of the science behind Arctic® apples, this one remains a great post to check out.

  1. Want to see how we made the perfect fruit even better?

While it’s not really a “blog post” per se, our most popular infographic provides fun visuals showing how we improve Arctic® apples with their nonbrowning benefit.

  1. Watch: The Journey to Harvest

Not long before the start of 2017 we shared an exciting video – footage of the first harvest of our commercial Arctic® apples orchard!

  1. A rational discussion of apples and pesticides

While Arctic® apples don’t require any special treatment in the orchard, we explored the facts behind pesticides and apples, and the findings are reassuring.

  1. Let’s talk rootstock: How apple varieties stay true

For those interested in how trees are grown, or why a Gala you ate last year tasted virtually the same as one this year that was grown in a different country, this post has your answers!

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About Joel Brooks

Growing up in the Okanagan Valley, Joel had the opportunity to experience apple growing first hand, a background that helped lead him to his role as Product & Special Projects Manager. Joel feels privileged to work with such great people towards a goal that’s so easy to get behind – helping people to eat more apples!