Green Dragon Apples
A cross between the Golden Delicious and Indo apple, Green Dragon apples share the same DNA as the Mutsu and Shizuka apples. The white crisp-textured flesh of this apple is encased in a skin that resists bruising. The Green Dragon apple is sweet with low acidity and numerous fruit esters in the aroma. It is said to be the most aromatic of apples. The flavor has been described in having a somewhat of a pineapple flavor and yet others have compared it to a pear like taste. The taste is sweet yet it leaves a subtle hint of tart behind. What do you taste?
Melissa’s Green Dragon apples come from two growers and 150 acres from Hood River Oregon, with Mount Hood overlooking the orchards. Natural spring water from Mount Hood feed the orchards. The apples will be picked in the next couple of weeks, before the first snow fall and put into cold storage. In this cold storage the apples will become sweeter, and the smooth skin will become rough and freckles will appear.
To Peel or not to peel. Many people prefer to peel the skin, but when you do you are also peeling away much of its valuable nutritional contents. Apple peels are packed with vitamins A and C. According to the University of Illinois, nearly half of an apple’s vitamin C content lies beneath its skin. Apple peels contain important minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus to maintain strong bones and teeth.
Green Dragon Crescent Bites:
- 1 Green Dragon Apple, washed and sliced into 8 slices (skin left on)
- 4 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
- 3 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. Melted Butter
- 1 can Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the crescent rolls on a greased baking sheet. Brush with melted butter, then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Place an apple slice at the wide end of the crescent roll, and roll up the apple inside the crescent. Brush with more butter on top and sprinkle them lightly with cinnamon. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.