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Mar 5, 2008 08:31 AM

Jazz / Scifresh apples at Berkeley Bowl

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. Yeah, I discovered Jazz apples last winter: .

    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. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: chemchef

          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

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

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

        2. 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

            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

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

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                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

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

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

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            1. re: oakjoan

              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

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