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Sommerfeld apples have a yellow-green skin with reddish pink striping and are medium to large. With a crisp texture, the flavor of this hybrid apple is a cross between the Fuji and Gala, and offers a well-balanced sweet flavor. A Sommerfeld apple's flesh is a yellow cream color; medium-grained and very juicy.
Sommerfeld apples are available in the early fall through winter months.
Sommerfeld apples are fairly new and still gaining a reputation throughout their home state of California. They were discovered growing amidst a Gala and Fuji apple orchard in the mid-1990s. The new variety was just as sweet as a Fuji, yet not as acidic as the Gala. The degree of red blushing on the skin also helped determine that it was a brand new variety of apple.
The taste, texture and juiciness of the Sommerfeld apple make it great for eating fresh, out-of-hand. The apple will hold up to temperatures when baked in tarts or pies. Cut into slices and serve with sharp cheeses or charcuterie. Sommerfeld apple’s flavor makes a naturally sweet homemade apple sauce.
Sommerfeld apples are a California original. They were first found growing in a Gala and Fuji apple orchard in California's Central Valley. It is presumed that the apple is a cross between the two well-known varieties. Named after the original patent holder August Sommerfeld III, the chance seedling was legally recognized in 1992. The apples are now grown outside of California, in Hood River, Oregon.