What? Apples? Already? Can summer really have flown by that fast? Gala apples are early ripening crosses between the old favorites Cox Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious. They were developed in New Zealand and introduced to the U.S. in the mid-'60s. Galas are usually the first apple to be harvested and, it must be said, they really are at their best crispy, juicy and spicy for only a month or so. They don't hold as well in storage as some other apples. You're better off eating Galas now, even if it does seem weird eating apples in what feels like the middle of summer.
How to choose:
Select apples that are smooth-skinned, deeply colored and glossy. When ripe, Galas will be golden yellow with slight pinkish orange stripes.
How to store:
Galas, like all other apples, should be stored as cold as possible. Keep them in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator. A perforated plastic bag works best, as it allows some of the moisture to escape while keeping the apples crisp.
How to prepare: