Around The World With Ambrosia Apples – China
Next, we are heading to China: the largest apple producer in the world with 42,426,578 tonnes production per year. In fact, China and the United States combined produce more than 50% of the world’s total apples.
Although China produces so many apples, they do not produce Ambrosia apples, so we found it very interesting to hear just how popular Ambrosia apples are there. In May 2021, an Ambrosia tasting event was held in Shanghai. The theme was “natural taste is really different.” The apples were imported from New Zealand for the tasting, and the reviews were nothing short of spectacular!
If the largest apple producer in the world is importing Ambrosia apples, they must be good!
Chinese cooking does not feature a lot of apples, but we tried our hand at these Chinese Toffee Apples, and were very pleased with the results!
Chinese Toffee Apples
- 4 Ambrosia apples
- 1 egg
- ½ c – plain white flour
- 1 1/4 c water
- 1 ½ c + 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ c white sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp – sesame seeds
- Large bowl of ice water
Peel, core and cut apples into large cubes. Mix water flour and egg into a paste. Dip each piece of apple in the batter and fry in the wok for about 10 to 15 minutes, tossing until golden brown. Drain and keep aside. Heat 2 Tblsp of oil, stir the sugar and heat for about 5 minutes. Gently toss the apples with the sugar and add the sesame seeds. Dip in the bowl of ice water to harden, drain and serve.