Jazz / Scifresh apples at Berkeley Bowl
- Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2008 08:31 AM
Tried a new-to-me apple from Berkeley Bowl last night: "Jazz," a trademarked name for the recently developed Scifresh variety, a cross between Royal Gala and Braeburn.
Great apple: as crunchy and juicy as most varieties in peak season, more complex flavor than a Gala, sweeter than a Braeburn. Label says organic and produce of USA; I think the sign said they were from Washington. $2.19 a pound but worth it. The Bowl keeps them in a cooler, if you find them at a store that has them at room temperature the texture might not be as perfect.
In season, I prefer Braeburns, but the ones I've tried lately (including one from the Bowl yesterday) have been mushy.
Yeah, I discovered Jazz apples last winter: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/351466 .
They really are a great apple, with the qualities you describe (sweet, complex, crisp). The varietal was created in New Zealand, so it's fairly new to production in the U.S. I'm glad to see them coming from Washington instead of New Zealand!
Mmmmm! I had my first one from Safeway a couple years ago and loved them, but they were pricey then, close to $3/lb. They were from New Zealand so it's good to know they're coming from Washington now too.