Envy Apple will Have You Singing Its Praises at First Bite
The Envy apple is filled with such goodness it was most assuredly created in the Garden of Eden! I had the extreme pleasure of attending a cooking class at Central Market San Antonio featuring Envy apples as the main ingredient.
It’s a busy stress-filled world out there and much of our food supply is filled with ingredients we can’t even pronounce. We need to slow down a bit, smell the roses and enjoy the treasures of Mother Earth. The pure, real foods that sustainable growers can still provide us. They say, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away” but unfortunately that isn’t always true anymore. Not with all the pesticides, herbicides and just bad growing practices where growers just want to make a buck and don’t care about their products.
“So, what is Envy apple”, you ask? Well, Envy is a perfect piece of nature. An antidote to the stress around us. It’s a true gift from Mother Nature. Actually, there are some caring growers that had a hand in its existence too. Envy was born in New Zealand by cross breeding the Braeburn and Royal Gala apples. This produced an apple with a beautiful skin color. And even though it isn’t 100% red as sometimes we think apples should have, it has an unbelievably sweet flavor and a bright, tender flesh. It has an extraordinary crunch and texture making it perfect in most recipes.
Another amazing fact about this apple is its higher citric acid content. This means they will stay white longer than other apples. They stay beautiful in dishes like salads, party platters and charcuterie boards. So now you can say goodbye to brown apples at your table. Envy apples are truly the hottest apples on the market today.
These apples are organically grown without harmful substances and using minimal pesticides by getting rid of ‘bad bugs’ naturally and they are non-GMO. They are healthy because they are full of antioxidants (citric acid), fiber and vitamin C. Even with all this natural sweetness, you feel you are getting a treat. So, go ahead and enjoy the fruit of this orchard-growing genius without the guilt. Escape the mundane with this piece of heaven.
Whether you bite, slice or chop these delicious apples, they will be the star of the show in any recipe with their unique sweet & crisp properties. Here are some recipes incorporating Envy apples I learned in class and I think you will surely enjoy:
Envy Apple & Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from Heidi Swanson’s Baked Oatmeal, Epicurious, September 24, 2015
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine-grain salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 cups milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly plus more to butter the pan
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 large Envy apple, washed, peeled and roughly chopped
6 ounces blueberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Butter the inside of a square 8″ baking dish. In a bowl, combine the oats, half of the walnuts, the baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, milk, egg, butter and the vanilla.
Spread the chopped apple pieces over the bottom of the buttered pan. Top with the oat mixture and drizzle the liquid mixture over the oats. Scatter the walnuts and the blueberries over the oats.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the top is golden, and the oats are set.
Let cool for a few minutes and serve.
Fennel-apple Salad with Walnuts
Melissa Clark – Serves 10
3 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 large fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
2 Envy apples, halved, cored and thinly sliced
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1/3 cup fennel fronds or parsley
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1 bag Arugula
2 1/2 ounces Parmesan, shaved (about 2/3 cup)
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle in oil, continuously whisking, until dressing is emulsified. Taste and add more lemon juice and/or salt or pepper if needed.
In a large bowl, toss the dressing with fennel, apple and celery. Fold in fennel fronds or parsley and walnuts. Top with Parmesan just before serving.
Dressing can be made the day before serving. Store in the refrigerator. Toss with salad ingredients up to 1 hour before serving.
Go here to find a store near you that carries Envy apples. In San Antonio I also found them at Costco, 1201 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232 and Central Market, 4821 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209.