Learn about another green apple that is very different from a Granny Smith. Find out what Shamrock apples taste like, when to buy, and where to find them.
When people see a green colored apple, most would assume it's a Granny Smith. I haven't had a lot of other apples that were a true green color, even when ripe. Don't be fooled, the green apple you see pictured on the left is not a Granny Smith, but a Shamrock apple.
This apple is relatively new on the scene, only first appearing in 1992 as a cross between a McIntosh spur and a Golden Delicious spur. It's origin is in Summerland, British Columbia.
Shamrock apples are harvested in late September.
The apple is mostly green with some red blush on apples that got more sunlight on them. The apples is a medium sized apple that is mostly round in shape. You may find some brown russetting around the stem like you can see with a Golden Delicious.
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Here is what I thought when I had this apple for the first time.
Well it may have the appearance of a Granny Smith, it doesn't necessarily taste like one. The Shamrock apples I had were more sweet than tart.
The apple is said to combine the best characteristics of its parents in that it has the flesh of a McIntosh and the sweetness of the Golden Delicious. I can agree with that assessment.
The flavor was slightly above average. It is a juicy, but not that crisp.
🥧 What to Do With Shamrock Apples?
It does hold it's shape though when cooked. You could probably get away with using less sugar in baking applications. I made fried apples with these and found that I should have used less sugar, but they did hold up really well.
Eating Tips - Shamrock apples are best enjoyed not long after harvest. They will get soft within a month or so I have found. It's best to store them in the fridge. For more on getting how to know when an apple is perfect to eat, check out this post
I think the apple would work for applesauce as well. The sweetness in the apple should be enough to not need to add any sugar.
🛒 Where to Buy
I first found these apples at my local Whole Foods Market. Unfortunately the orchard that provided them is no longer in business. I did later on find them at the Toledo Farmers Market sold by Witt's Orchard. I only found a few options online. If you have seen this apple elsewhere, please leave a comment below.
- Witt's Orchard (Oak Harbor, Ohio)
- Salt Spring Apple Company (Salt Spring Island, British Columbia)
- Champlain Orchards (Shoreham, Vermont)
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