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Zagorin apples may actually be one of a few varieties produced by the Agricultural Cooperative of Zagora-Pilio, with a sticker labeling them “Zagorin.” Almost always, however, they are actually the variety Starking Delicious grown on Greek soil and in a Greek climate, so slightly different than those grown in the United States. Zagorin apples of this variety are large in size and globular/elongated. The skin is dark red with a waxy texture. Inside, the yellow-white flesh is firm and juicy. Zagorins tend toward sweet and aromatic rather than acidic, with a complex, honeyed flavor.
Zagorin apples are available in the fall to summer.
Zagorin apples (Malus domestica) are from the Thessaly region of Greece and distributed by the Agricultural Cooperative of Zagora-Pilio. They are grown using Integrated Production methods, reducing use of pesticides.
Apples are made up mostly of carbohydrates and water. They contain simple sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose, along with both soluble and insoluble fiber, Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and potassium. Fiber maintains a healthy digestive system and lowers blood sugar levels, potassium contributes to heart health, and antioxidants are anti-inflammatory and anti-viral.
Zagorin apples are a dessert variety. Eat them as is, cut up into salads with cabbage, celery, beets, citrus, or nuts, or pair with peanut butter, cheddar cheese, or caramel for a treat. Zagorin apples keep well when stored well in a refrigerator or other cool, dry place.
The European Union has given Zagorin apples the status of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). PDO is the strongest label the EU can give an agricultural product or food, and means that all parts of the production and processing of that food occurs in the region for which it is designated.
The Agricultural Cooperative of Zagora-Pilio was first created in 1916 in the town of Zagora in Thessaly, and has been producing apples ever since. Starking Delicious was first brought to Zagora and grown by the Cooperative in 1950. In 1996, the European Union labeled Zagorin apples as produce with “Protected Designation of Origin.” They grow well in warmer climates.
Recipes that include Zagorin Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
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