Fresh Gala Apples
Gala apples were discovered in 1934 by New Zealand orchardist J.H. Kidd. Gala apples are a cross between Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red, an English favorite. They were introduced for commercial production in 1965, and made their way into the U.S. market in the 1970's. With a mildly sweet flavor and long availability window, Gala apples are one of today’s most popular apple varieties.
How To Use Gala Apples
Snacking, salads, sauce, juice, and all types
When Can I Find Gala Apples
Available from mid-August until June.
Exterior: Generally round with pale golden yellow with red stripes or blush skin
Interior: Firm and crisp with a slight yellow to cream interior
Eating Experience: Mildly sweet and vanilla-like with a floral aroma. This is one apple that has a thinner skin than most
Look For The Ladybug
Stemilt also grows Gala apples organically under the Artisan Organics label.
Gala Apple Fun Facts
- Gala apples are one of the first varieties Stemilt harvests in Washington State each August. Harvest continues into September.
- Because of their early harvest date, Gala apples tend to be smaller in size than most, making this one a great choice for kids.
- The Royal Gala strain was named to honor Queen Elizabeth II after she praised the apple during a visit to New Zealand.
- Gala ranks 2nd in the list of top ten apple varieties grown in the U.S., trailing only Red Delicious.