Yakima, Wash. - (October 18, 2017): Opal® apples, a naturally non-browning variety, looks forward to once again delighting consumers across the nation later this month following a mid-October harvest kicking off the apple’s eighth season of availability in the US.
Grown exclusively at Broetje Orchards in Yakima, Wash., the one-of-a-kind Opal apple is known for its striking yellow color, distinct crispy texture, a noticeably sweet and tangy flavor and above all, a unique – and completely natural – non-browning characteristic.
Opal apples are the result of a completely natural, Non-GMO cross between Golden Delicious and Topaz apples. The inherent non-browning trait makes them perfect for lunch boxes, snacks and salads. As a dense apple, Opal also holds up well in cooking and baking applications.
A significant difference that cannot be tasted is at the core of the Opal’s mission. The Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference programprovides financial support to youth based initiatives that address issues in food insecurity, nutrition, agriculture, food politics and food education.
“Consumers can feel good about purchasing and eating Opal apples – and not just because they are a healthy and delicious snack for both children and adults,” said Chuck Zeutenhorst, general manager of FirstFruits Marketing, the exclusive grower of Opal apples. “When you purchase an Opal apple, a portion of the proceeds is dedicated to giving back to youth-led programs in the communities where they are purchased.”
This year, Opal apples is offering a unique fundraising opportunity to chapters of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) nationwide. Chapters will be asked to apply for the opportunity, and a selected group will be given Opal apples to use in a fundraising sale to earn money for their chapter’s projects. The apples will be gifted to the chosen chapters free of charge and each will be provided with the tools they need to be successful in their fundraising efforts.
Opal apples will be available beginning in late October and remain on shelves at grocery stores nationwide through June, or while supplies last. Retailers located in all 50 states will stock Opals throughout the season including stores like Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Kroger and Publix.
For more information about Opal apples and a complete list of retailers, please visit opalapples.com.