USDA and Gourmet Apples

Staci Sweet: Richland Gourmet Apples Contributor/Blogger

Did you know that the majority of Granny Smith Apples® are imported from Chile1?  Yep!  This explains why their price point is higher than Red or Golden Delicious Apples®.  This could also explain why the gourmet caramel apple industry can actually categorize them as ‘gourmet’; simply because of the price point.

I mean think about it.  The mere definition of ‘gourmet’ is defined as ‘a cultural ideal associated with the or haute cuisine, which is characterized by refined, even elaborate preparations and presentations2.  Do you have any idea what it takes to make this apple… rga1

 …look like this?  Gosh darnit, elaborate preparations! Because remember in the culinary world; presentation is everything.  That’s why we at Richland Gourmet Apples, are able to charge you the consumer $14.95 for this delightful jewel of an apple. 

No, we didn’t mass produce this baby; this was handcrafted just for you.  And because the United States Department of Agriculture stated in its latest report that the demand for Granny Smith Apples® is moderate and the market is steady, we’ve decided to pass on our culinary genius juices onto you, the consumer and invite you to take advantage of this granny smith apple dipped in luscious caramel and layered with golden cashews, pecans and get this triple chocolate!

So please, the next time you’re at the supermarket and you see a granny smith apple, think about us.  Those Chileans are making us candy apple enthusiasts very happy!

1 http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/wa_fv101.txt

2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gourmet

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