Okanagan Specialty Fruits® Concludes 2020 With Largest Arctic® Apple Harvest to Date
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - Large and in charge is the energy I’m getting from Okanagan Specialty Fruits® (OSF) as the company recently announced a record-breaking harvest. The developer and grower behind the innovative Arctic® apple is pleased to announce the completion of the 2020 Arctic apple harvest, which is its largest to date.
“We are thankful for our team of over 150 harvesters who have made this season possible,” said Bob Wilkinson, Director of Sales. “We’re proud to see the Arctic apple volume continue to grow and look forward to our buyers and consumers giving this season's high quality, delicious apples a try.”
As stated in a press release, the apples were harvested in Washington state, where 1,350 acres of Arctic apple orchards are planted. The Arctic® Golden harvest yielded approximately 8,400 bins or almost eight million pounds. The Arctic® Granny harvest recently concluded and yielded approximately 5,500 bins or five million pounds. This is twice the size of the 2019 harvest and is attributed to an increase in harvestable acreage from last year and the trees, which, as they mature, produce more fruit.
The company has enlisted a videographer to join the harvest process and document the journey of Arctic apples from harvest to packaging. In the meantime, interested viewers can visit the Arctic apple YouTube channel to see other videos about the variety.
Arctic apples’ fresh slices are available in two sizes and varieties: Arctic Golden (sweet) and Arctic Granny (tart) in 10-oz and 5-oz bags. Stay tuned, as new 2-oz packages are on the way and are slated to debut later this year.
Arctic apples use the apple’s own genes to “turn off” the enzyme responsible for making apples turn brown when cut or bruised. The result is an amazing quality, longer shelf-life apple that tastes and looks better, which means less food waste from harvest to consumption. Arctic apples retain their fresh appearance and delicious flavor throughout its shelf-life, which surpasses all other fresh-cut apples in the market. They are developed and grown specifically for fresh-cut applications.
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