October 20, 2018


Witteman Farms is proud to announce the following “Pearl Girl” apples and/or apple related products being offered through gourmet markets and restaurants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and now offers to consumers directly on this site.

Pink Pearl Apples

Pink Pearl apples are creamy tan/yellow to green/yellow in exterior color, but are prized most for their delicate flesh, which is vivid pink to red in color. Highly aromatic, the Pink Pearl has a balanced sweet-tart flavor with nuances of raspberries and grapefruit.They are harvested in late summer or early fall.  A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), the Pink Pearl is an apple of the red-fleshed variety and an offspring of the Surprise apple, an old English variety. Pink Pearl apples are low in calories, high in water content and offer a fair amount of vitamins A, C and B. They also contain a dietary fiber known as pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and trace amounts of boron, which has been touted for its ability to help build strong bones. The rosy hued flesh of the Pink Pearl apple makes it perfect for use in applications that showcase its vivid color. Slice and add to tarts, pies and scones. Cook down to make pink applesauce, preserves and sorbet. Their sweet tart flavor pairs well with savory items too. Sautee sliced Pink Pearl with fresh herbs and serve alongside pork or fish. Chop and add to salads, serve with sweet and savory dips or pair with a robust cheese.

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Gold Rush Apples

So named to emphasize their golden color and bronze blush combined with its “rush” of flavor, this is an apple characterized by a complex, rich spicy flavor with a pleasing blend of acidity and sweetness. Acidity moderates in cold storage, resulting in exceptional overall quality after 2 to 3 months. The apple retains its complex sprightly flavor and crisp, firm texture for at least 7 months at 1 C. The cultivar has been rated consistently as the highest quality apple after storage of all selections or cultivars tested at Purdue Univ. The fruit produces little cuticular wax and does not become greasy even after 7 months in storage.

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