Two of Australia’s newest apples, Kanzi and Greenstar, are expected to make their mark this season.
If you haven’t tried a Kanzi or Greenstar apple yet, then you’ve only got about six weeks to get crunching! A bumper crop of the sweet and juicy new apples has hit supermarkets and green grocers – up to 50 per cent more fruit than last year – due to ideal growing conditions.
Ian Cathels, a second-generation apple grower from premium growing region Batlow says, “We’ve had steady rain this year, resulting in particularly good-looking and tasting fruit. We are certain that there will be high demand for these apples – our main focus is planting enough trees to keep up with it as more and more people try the apples each year.”
Kanzi is a naturally bred apple that is a cross between a Gala and a Braeburn.
“Kanzi combines the juiciness of a Gala and tanginess of a Braeburn. It has an intense flavour that is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. In addition to being a shiny, bright red colour they don’t bruise easily,” said Mr Cathels.
Greenstar, which is also naturally bred, is sweet and crunchy and stays white long after slicing.
“As Australia’s only sweet green apple, people are often surprised at Greenstar’s sweet flavour. It is a unique apple having up to three times more vitamin C than other apples, keeping them from browning when cut,” added Mr Cathels.
Tips for using Greenstar apples:
- Take of advantage of Greenstar staying white when cut by adding slices to school lunchboxes.
- Mix celery, walnut, red onion and Greenstar apples for a delicious salad that can be made hours in advance with the apple remaining an impressive bright white.
- Slice Greenstar and pair with your favourite cheeses on a plate. The sweetness of the apples makes a delicious partner with the creaminess of the cheese.
- Freshly juiced Greenstar apples are a great ways to kick start your day. The sweetness of the Greenstar pairs well with celery and kale to create the ultimate green juice.
Tips for using Kanzi apples:
- Kanzi is the ideal apple to make apple sauce for a pork roast. Boil then puree the apples with sugar and lemon and serve up with your next Sunday roast.
- Simmer white wine, cabbage and sliced Kanzi apples for a delectable Sauerkraut that pairs well with pork knuckle or sausages.
- Peel Kanzi and poach in boiled water with sugar and cinnamon for an easy yet impressive dessert.
- Grate Kanzi apples into a bowl with almonds, cinnamon, rolled oats, Greek yoghurt, apple juice and honey. Leave to soak in the fridge overnight and in the morning a tasty Bircher muesli will be waiting for you.
Kanzi and Greenstar are grown in Australia’s premiere apple-producing regions including Batlow and Orange in NSW, Manjimup in WA, Adelaide Hills in SA and the Mornington Peninsula in VIC.
Fruit will be available at leading independent retailers, Costco and selected Woolworths stores from late March to July.
Check them out while you can, and enjoy these delicious recipes using these delicious new variety of apples.
Recipe 1. Apple Bircher Muesli
Preparation time: 15 minutes + overnight refrigeration
Cooking time: nil
- 3 cups natural rolled oats
- 1 cup milk
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 1½ cup water
- ¾ cup greek style yoghurt
- 2 tablespoons sultanas
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Kanzi apple
- ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted
- ¼ cup skinned chopped hazelnuts, toasted
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 Kanzi apple, extra, to serve
- Place the oats in a large bowl and pour in the milk, orange juice, water and yoghurt. Add the sultanas and cinnamon and stir the mixture until fully combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- After refrigerating overnight, stir through grated Kanzi apple, nuts and honey. Add a little extra milk or water if needed. Top with sliced extra apple.
Note: Bircher will keep in the fridge for two to three days. The oats will absorb the liquid so add more milk or water if desired.
Recipe 2. Apple, Prosciutto and Goats Cheese Salad
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: nil
- 2 Green Star apples
- 8 slices prosciutto
- 100g baby rocket
- 75g goats cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons chopped chives
- Cracked black pepper, to serve
- Cut the Green Star apple into very thin slices. Set aside.
- Tear the prosciutto into rough pieces.
- Arrange the rocket in serving bowls along with the apple slices and prosciutto. Crumble over the goats cheese.
- Whisk together the oil, lemon juice and chives. Drizzle over salad and serve sprinkled with cracked black pepper.