Apple of our eye

Have you tried Opal apples? These gold-skinned Washington State-grown orbs are crunchy and sweet — dare we say good enough to rival Minnesota’s own Honeycrisp?

But what really sets these babies apart is their ability to resist oxidation (that yucky browning that happens almost immediately after you slice an apple). 

Opal apples are naturally non-browning, so you can put them — sliced and without lemon juice — in your kid’s lunch and they’ll have a chance of still looking appealing at midday.

In our informal lunch-box testing at Minnesota Parent, the apples did darken a bit, but they did not turn a spoiled-looking caramel color. 

Opal apples — conventionally grown and organic — are available November through March. Vendors include, Cub Foods, Hy-Vee,
Lunds & Byerlys, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Whole Foods

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