The Gala originated from New Zealand in the 1960s. It is a cross between Kidd’s Orange Red and the Golden Delicious. Because it grows well in both hemispheres, it’s an apple you’ll find readily available, year-round, in any supermarket. Galas have a mild, sweet flavor that is a best choice for snacking. They also shine in fresh preparations, their delicate flavor and texture making them a nice addition to a mixed fruit or fresh greens salad. Although apple purists tend to dismiss supermarket varieties like Gala as bland and boring, they are winners in the versatility and availability court. Like many apples, if you’re lucky enough to find a fully ripened Gala at a farmer’s market, you’ll notice a distinctively different taste that can be likened to a pear.
Good choice for eating out of hand or in salads
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