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Kanzi Apples Count Down to End of Season

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published July 29th 2019
Apples that are out of this world

For everything, there is a season. Turn, turn, turn.

Now, let's turn to apples. The countdown to the first Lunar Landing anniversary is over but another countdown with a space station connection has started in Australia.

Australian Kanzi apple growers are counting down the days until the last of their celebrated fruit ends its run at the end of July for another year.

Kanzi apples are famous for being seasonal rather than being stored in cold storage. It means if you see them on the shelves they are fresh and in their prime. But, you may not know that they are also renowned for feeding the crew on the International Space Station (ISS).

The space station has no refrigeration and limited storage so their food is either thermo-stabilized or freeze-dried. The exception being selected fresh fruit and vegetables that are propelled from NASA by unmanned rocket costing some $20,000 USD per kilo. The inventory is carefully considered and has included Kanzi apples.

One can see why fresh fruit is so important to the astronauts as this is the normal breakfast for the International Space station crew.

Crunching into a Kanzi apple must be a huge treat.

Imagine after not eating fruit for so long having to share three Kanzi apples amongst six astronauts. Ah, the deprivations of living in space.

Fortunately, on earth, there are no such restrictions. Except the race is on. Not the space race. The race to eat as many Kanzi apples as you can by the end of the month. After that, you will have to wait until next year's season.

For some ideas on making great use of Kanzi apples in the remaining days of July click here for some ideas. Or try some of the ideas from this delectable lunch I experienced in the Yarra Valley.

Kanzi apples recipes
Beetroot salmon with compressed Kanzi apples. Photo @nadinecresswellmyatt

Kanzi apples
So fresh, just picked and not put into cold storage. Photo @nadinecresswellmyatt

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Why? The crunchiest apples around
When: April until July
Where: Local supermarket
Cost: Supermarket prices
Your Comment
My favourite apple, tastes great and keeps well.
I was advised by my local fruit and vegetable supplier to keep them in the fridge - until eaten. Though they don't stay there long.
by John F (score: 2|621) 580 days ago
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