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Golden Supreme Apples
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Golden Supremes live up to their name with their pale yellow skin, often overlaid with a red, orange, or pink blush. They are also covered in small brown lenticels. This apple is medium to large and conical. The flesh is cream colored, firm, crisp, coarse-grained, and juicy, and overall pleasant to bite into. The flavor is similar to the Golden Delicious, though less complex. Golden Supremes are mellow and very sweet, with spicy notes and almost no tartness/acid.
Golden Supreme apples are available late summer through spring.
Golden Supreme apples are an early season variety of Malus domestica. This apple’s parents are unknown, although many believe it to be related to Golden Delicious, since they do share some characteristics. Golden Supreme is also similar to many sweet Japanese varieties because of their appearance and lack of acidity.
Apples are made up primarily of water and carbohydrates. A medium apple has about 95 calories, primarily from those carbohydrates. They also contain about 17% of the daily recommended value of dietary fiber, both insoluble and soluble. The soluble fiber in apples is called pectin, which aids in digestion and a healthy digestive system. Vitamin C and potassium are present in apples, as well as smaller amounts of a variety of antioxidants.
Golden Supremes are generally best for eating fresh out of hand. The flesh does not turn brown very quickly after cutting, making it a good variety for cutting up into fruit or garden salads. This also makes them an excellent variety to include on cheese plates, particularly with strongly flavored cheeses such as camembert, gruyere, or brie. They may also be used for baking and cider. Since they are so sweet, the amount of sugar called for in a recipe can usually be reduced. Substitute in Golden Supremes for recipes that call for Golden Delicious. They will keep in proper cool, dry storage for up to three months, though they are best if eaten sooner.
The Golden Supreme rides on the coattails of the Golden Delicious, one of the apples in just about every grocery store from the middle of the twentieth century on. The Golden Supreme is just one of dozens of Golden Delicious’ offspring, which include varieties that are almost as popular as their parent: Gala, Ginger Gold, Jonagold, Mutsu, and more.
The origin of the Golden Supreme is contested—some think it was first grown in Clay County, West Virginia, while others believe it comes from Idaho around 1960. Regardless, it was likely a chance seedling found in an orchard, rather than a variety developed on purpose. They grow well in most temperate apple growing regions in North America.