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Greenstar apples have a very similar outward appearance to a Granny Smith apple. Greenstars have a rounded shape with vibrant green, thin skin. The flesh of the Greenstar apple is bright white in color, crunchy in texture, very juicy and sweet in flavor.
Greenstar apples are available in the fall and winter months.
The Greenstar apple’s botanical name is Malus domestica ‘Greenstar.’ It is a member of the Rose, or Rosaceous, family, along with 2,500 other species including strawberries, almonds, and roses. The Greenstar apple is best known for its white flesh which retains its snowy color for hours after slicing.
Greenstar apples are exceptionally high in vitamin C, containing up to three times as much as other varieties. They are also abundant in dietary fiber which aids in proper digestion and healthy weight maintenance.
The Greenstar apple’s singular ability to keep its bright flesh white for hours after cutting make it a superb choice for dishes and appetizers that may stay out for a long period of time. For example, this apple does beautifully in salads and fruit and cheese platters. It’s also right at home in lunchboxes and picnic baskets.
The Belgian organization Better 3 Fruits spent a decade developing the Greenstar apple, a product of the varieties Delbarestival and Granny Smith.
The wild ancestor of the Greenstar apple originated in Kazakhstan. The fruit made its way west, eventually finding itself in Roman larders. The Romans so loved the apple that they brought it to all of the European places that they conquered during the early centuries of the Common Era. From Europe the apple spread round the world.