If you love that Aussie Apple crunch, now's the time to get chomping with the first Royal Galas of the season in stores around the country.
Crisp, juicy and known for their sweetness, Royal Galas are a mid-sized apple that are perfect for kids to enjoy or for lunch boxes.
Royal Galas are a relatively new apple variety to the Aussie Apple industry, having been grown for just 30 years. Not long for one of our oldest horticulture sectors, which this year celebrates its 225th anniversary.
In 1788, Captain William Bligh planted the first apple tree at Adventure Bay, Tasmania and today Aussie Apples are grown around the nation with orchards located within a two-hour drive of each capital city.
"This means you can always enjoy the crunch of a home-grown Aussie Apple," said Brad Fankhauser, whose family has been growing Aussie Apples for more than 120 years.
"This season's Aussie Apples are very high quality. Plenty of sun has helped to develop good colour and the heat waves that we've experienced across the country, have boosted sugar levels which ensures exceptional flavour.
"We now just need to keep an eye out to prevent sunburn on those extremely hot summer days.
"In particular the Royal Gala crop is nicely consistent in size and exceptional colour. Aussie Galas will be great eating this year."
Following Royal Galas, other key varieties picked in March include Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Jonagold. In April, the season kicks off for Granny Smith, Braeburn and Jazz TM, and PINK LADYTM (Australia's favourite apple) and Sundowner TMare picked in late April and into May.
Straight from the grower - Brad's tips for the best crunch:
•You'll never see an Aussie Apple grower with apples in a fruit bowl. Keep your Aussie Apples in the fridge, they'll stay fresh and keep their crunch for longer.
•Always look for the Aussie Apple sticker to support local farmers and guarantee your Aussie Apple is home-grown.
•Make 3.30pm crunch-time. Eating a whole, fibre-rich Aussie Apple helps to reduce hunger and keeps you feeling full for longer - even for blokes like me.
•Eat your Aussie Apples skin and all - a lot of the good stuff, like the antioxidants, is in the skin.