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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.

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2008 08:56 AM

    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!

    1. tatertot RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2008 09:02 AM

      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.

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        chemchef RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2008 09:11 AM

        Has anyone talked to any of the vendors at the (Berkeley) farmer's markets about growing them? I would definitely buy them if I could find them there, though I realize it would be awhile before they would show up.

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          Ruth Lafler RE: chemchef Mar 5, 2008 09:16 AM

          I bet they're expensive to plant, since you undoubtedly have to pay some kind of licensing fee to the trademark holder.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            Robert Lauriston RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 5, 2008 09:27 AM

            I don't think there's any fee if you call them Scifresh (what an awful name).

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              wolfe RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2008 09:30 AM

              Makes me think of genetic alteration or irradiation. Too much Sci-Fi I guess.

        2. rworange RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2008 03:57 PM

          Raley's Nob HIll carries them but the are $2.99 lb and not refrigerated. Raley's does carry a nice selection of apples for a supermarket like Pacific Rose, Cameo and a half a dozen others outside the usual gala , fuji, granny smith, delicious. etc

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          1. re: rworange
            Ruth Lafler RE: rworange Mar 5, 2008 04:32 PM

            The Bowl only keeps the organic ones in a cooler. I bought them and brought them home and put them in a bowl on the kitchen table and they're fine. They won't keep forever that way, but they should hold up for a reasonable amount of time (a couple of weeks, at least).

            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              Robert Lauriston RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 6, 2008 10:05 AM

              The Bowl added more coolers along the north wall, a lot of the conventional apples and pears are now temperature-controlled as well.

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                Ruth Lafler RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 6, 2008 10:08 AM

                Yeah, but a lot of the apples (not the pears) are still in the big bins on the floor. I thought the conventional Jazz apples were among that group, but maybe not.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                  Robert Lauriston RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 6, 2008 10:12 AM

                  They have organic apples on the floor sometimes, too. I think they decide what goes in the coolers mostly by price.

          2. oakjoan RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 6, 2008 02:24 PM

            Robert: Are they in a cooler in the produce section?

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              Ruth Lafler RE: oakjoan Mar 6, 2008 03:11 PM

              What Robert means by "cooler" is the cooled bins/shelves against the outer walls (rather than the freestanding bins and boxes) and in particular the case in the front corner of the produce section where they routinely keep organic apples and other pome fruits.

              1. re: oakjoan
                Robert Lauriston RE: oakjoan Mar 7, 2008 08:19 AM

                They were in the cooler in the corner, with most of the other organic apples.

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