SUMMERLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the grower of Arctic apples, has completed the largest harvest of the apple variety to date. 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 8 million pounds—twice the size of the harvest in 2019.
“We are thankful for our team of over 150 harvesters who have made this season possible,” said Bob Wilkinson, director of sales for OSF. “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.”
Arctic apples are developed and grown specifically for fresh cut applications. The apples use the fruit's own genes to “turn off” the enzyme responsible for making apples turn brown when cut or bruised. The result is high quality, and longer shelf life which means less food waste from harvest to consumption, according to OSF.
Arctic apples’ fresh slices are available in two sizes and varieties: Arctic Golden (sweet) and Arctic Granny (tart) in 10-ounce and 5-ounce bags. A new 2-ounce package will debut later this year.