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Washington State's Pinata Apples Bring a Fresh Bite to the Cold Season


It’s that time of year again when cold and flu viruses seem to run rampant, but if you’re a fruit lover then you needn’t worry – just reach for an apple. Recent studies have shown that the common apple not only contains plenty of vitamin C and antioxidants, but it also has strong antiviral properties – perfect for battling the winter cold season. The fact that it tastes great can be taken as an added bonus.

By coincidence, January also marks the peak of the Pinata apple season, and if you like plenty of sweetness and crunch alongside your vitamin boost then you’ll want to track some down. The Pinata apple is grown exclusively by Washington State-based Stemilt Growers, although it’s now available in stores nationwide. A cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin, Golden Delicious and the Russian variety Duchess of Oldenburg, the Pinata boasts a refreshingly succulent crunch, as well as a mouthwatering combination of sharpness and full-on sugars. If you like your apples crisp, sweet and full of flavor, then it’s worth looking out for this unique variety.

How does it hold up against other seasonal favorites? Well, it’s slightly reminiscent of a Fuji apple, but the Cox’s Orange Pippin heritage clearly shines through. The Pinata has all the sugars you’d expect from a Golden Delicious too, and it’s perfect for those who like some sharpness and crunch alongside their fructose fix. We didn’t have a chance to cook with it before writing this article, but the combination of sweet and sharp suggests that it’ll hold up well in most dishes.

If you want to know where to find Pinata apples near you, then be sure to visit the official Pinata facebook page for a list of grocery stores that will be carrying it this season. And remember – an apple a day can keep the doctor away…