The Ambrosia apple is believed to be a cross of a Jonagold and Golden Delicious. All production of Ambrosia apples is done so under license and is regulated by the Okanagan Plant Improvement Corporation (PICO). Growers must adhere to PICO’s standards in regard to color and taste, thereby ensuring a consistently high quality of Ambrosia apples on the market.
Ambrosia apples are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol and aid in digestion. They are also low in calories and contain vitamins A and C, most of which is located in the skin.
Ambrosia apples will compliment both sweet and savory preparations. Roast large spices with root vegetables or dice and add to polenta, couscous or rice. Ambrosia apples will add sweetness and moisture to cake, doughnuts and muffins. They also hold their shape and flavor when cooked making them perfect for pies, tarts and baked apples. Slow to brown when cut, they are perfect for use in raw preparations. Slice thin and serve with sharp cheese, layer slices atop a burger or add to fresh salads.