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Juliet apples are medium in size, and measure 2.5 to 3 inches in diameter. The skin is red over a green or yellow-green background. The flesh is white, crisp, and juicy, with a flavor that is a balance of sweet and acidic. The sturdy and vigorous Juliet apple tree was bred to be resistant to scab, a fungal disease that can ruin harvests. They are also resistant to a variety of other diseases including rust and powdery mildew.
Juliet apples are available in the fall and winter months.
The Juliet apple is botanically classified under the Malus domestica species name. Originally developed in France, the Juliet apple was also recreated in the United States through a cooperative breeding program between the University of Illinois, Purdue University, and Rutgers University. The Juliet apple is one of the first apples in the world to be produced exclusively using organic growing practices.
Apples are a healthy part of the diet since they are low in calories and high in important nutrients such as Vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, and dietary fiber, which keeps the digestive system healthy. Several antioxidants in apples also promote health.
The Juliet is a good all-around apple. These fruits are excellent for eating out of hand, as well as in cooking and baking; they can also be made into juice. The storage properties of this apple are excellent. They can be kept in the refrigerator for seven months or more. Under the right conditions, they may even last up to a year, although the flavor becomes bland. Choose fruits that are free of bruises or blemishes, and that are bright in color.
In France, Juliet has undergone an extensive marketing campaign. Juliets even have their own cartoon character that sets them apart from other apples.
The Juliet apple is a result of a cooperative breeding program between University of Illinois, Purdue University, and Rutgers University. It was released to the market in the 1990s. It is currently grown extensively in France by the Escande company, which hopes to introduce it to other parts of the world as well.