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Gala apples are a small to medium-sized variety and have a round shape. The apple's skin is thin, bruising easily, showcasing a yellow-orange base covered in red blush. There is also prominent red-pink striping and mottling on the skin's surface, giving the fruits a vibrant appearance. Gala apples emit a perfumed, floral aroma and have a mildly sweet flavor with a hint of acidity. The flesh often bears fruity and floral undertones, combined with nuances of vanilla, apple blossoms, and pears. It is considered a summer variety as it comes earlier compare to the rest of the apples.
The delicate flavor and texture of the Gala apple shine in fresh preparations. They are perfect for use in fruit, green, and chopped salads. Add diced gala to fruit salsas and chutneys. Slice and add to burgers, paninis, and crostinis. Their sweet flavor becomes milder when cooked, making them perfect in baked preparations when paired with stronger flavored apples such a Granny Smith, Arkansas Black, Pippin, and Mutsu. The flavor of pears, winter squash, onions, pecans, turkey, curry, brie, cheddar, and Swiss cheese complement Gala apples.
The optimum storage temperature for apples depends on the variety, but all are within the range from 30 to 40 F. Apples are moderately susceptible to freeze damage. Temperatures more than 1 or 2 degrees below freezing should be avoided.
Classic Apple Pie
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
6-8 tablespoons cold water
8 Apples peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon ground