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Apples were one of the first fruit crops cultivated by man. They are an extremely popular and versatile fruit with many varieties suited to growing conditions in various climates. Apples can be cooked or eaten raw. They contain useful amounts of dietary fibre and Vitamin C. Like most fruits, apples contain more energy than vegetables. When eaten raw they make a delicious low calorie snack or dessert.

Areas grown: Eating apples mostly grown Waterford, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Carlow and Dublin


Types, Varieties and Availability of Irish Produce:

There are many varieties available, some of the most common varieties grown in Ireland are as follows:


Type Name
Culinary Bramley’s Seeding
Dessert Discovery, Elstar, Gala, Jonagold, Jonagored, Katy
Name Description
Bramley’s Seedling Is the best known and most widely grown cooking apple. It is available, all year round either directly from the tree or from storage. The skin is pale yellowish green, flushed and striped with light brownish red. The white flesh is juicy with a characteristic acid flavour.
Discovery An attractive apple, pale greenish-yellow, half to three-quarters flushed with bright red. The fruit has a hard crisp flesh and is a good flavour when ripe.
Elstar A yellow skinned variety flushed with red. Its creamy white flesh is always firm and crisp but juicy, with a good flavour.
Gala Almost completely flushed and flecked with bright scarlet red over pale white-green background. Its flesh is crispy white or pinkish in colour with an excellent taste and flavour.
Jonagold This most popular variety has yellow skin tinged with green and bright red mottles or stripes. The creamy white flesh is crisp and juicy and has a very appealing taste.
Jonagored This apple has many of the characteristics and appearance traits of its relative Jonagold – it is however more fully flushed.
Katy An attractive variety with pale green skin flushed with bright scarlet and dark red f


Nutritional Value


Nutrient   Raw Eating Apple Per Average sized eating Apple Stewed Cooking Apple (No Sugar) Apple Juice (No Added Sugar)
Energy kJ 199 259 138 164
  Kcal 47 61 33 38
Protein g 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.1
Carbohydrate g 11.8 15.3 8.1 9.9
Fat g 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1


How to Store

Store in cool dry place.


How to Cook

Culinary and dessert apples can be cooked or eaten raw. They may be baked, stewed, fried or used in pies, flans or crumbles.

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