FOOD Washington Apples now spread their lure to smaller cities
I ndia seems to be enamoured by Washington Apples, and has now grown to be the fourth largest importer of them. Apart from the metros, the apples are now being made available in tier-II cities. Incidentally, the apples are supposed to be a fitness freak's delight. It is claimed that the Washington Apple has only 80 calories and is said to be fat and sodium-free. It is also is said to have as much fibre as a bowl of oatmeal and 80 per cent of that fibre is supposed to be soluble fibre, which may help lower blood cholesterol levels .
Rebecca Baerveldt-Lyons from the Washington Apple Commission, in Delhi to launch newer varieties, says, “There are about 7,500 varieties of apple grown around the world today. Among these, the best are planted in the commercial orchards of Washington State. Some of the popular variants of Washington Apples are available in India. Owing to growing globalisation and awareness among Indians, the demand for these apples has been on the rise. Therefore, we are pleased to promote new varieties in the market, which will eventually reach retail shelves and offer more choice to customers.”
Currently four varieties of Washington Apples are available in India — ‘red delicious' with its deep ruby skin and classic heart shape and ‘Granny Smith' bright green or with a pink blush, it is tart and tangy and perfect for baking. Gala, the heart-shaped apples with distinct yellow-orange skin and red stripes, is crisp, and great in salads . Their ‘golden delicious' is a preferred all-purpose cooking apple. From the upmarket INA to Laxmi Nagar, the Washington Apples are available at nearly the same price as the apples of Kashmir and Shimla.