March 2021 – Spring Equinox

After a long winter, spring is finally springing in the Orchard! Ambrosia farmers are starting to see small buds on the trees, and their hard work of winter pruning is starting to pay off for this year’s crop.

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Ambrosia Apple A Day Update

At the new year, we published a blog about resolutions, and suggested one for an Ambrosia Apple a Day. One of our team members, Patricia, decided to take up the challenge and has been eating an Ambrosia apple every day for the past three months. “It is definitely a habit now,” she says. “My partner and I have been playing a lot of board games through this pandemic, and I will often incorporate Ambrosia apples into our snack while we play. I’ve found that most of the time I still like them raw and cut up, but I’ve been experimenting with different ways to enjoy Ambrosia apples, and they’ve become a staple in my breakfast potatoes.” See the recipe below.
We’d love to hear your Ambrosia apple a day stories on our social media channels: #AnAmbrosiaADay.

How Do Ambrosia Apples stay so Fresh?

Did you know that the Ambrosia apples you are enjoying now are from last year’s harvest?  If you’ve ever wondered how the apples stay so fresh, it’s because of ‘controlled atmosphere’, or CA storage. It’s not just the temperature that’s controlled, it’s the actual atmospheric makeup of the air. Oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen levels are all adjusted to levels scientifically proven to slow the aging process of fruit. Read more about it here: CLICK HERE

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Spring Smoothies

Speaking of Spring, here are a few recipes for the ideal Spring smoothie, including a very special ingredient: Ambrosia apples! They are all different so there should be one to suit your mood or taste!


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Patricia’s Ambrosia Breakfast Potatoes

This is the basic recipe. You can always add anything you want. I use whatever potatoes I have on hand (russets or yellow – or one of each!), and I don’t peel them, but it’s up to you. 

  • 2 potatoes 
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 Ambrosia apple cut into small cubes
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes until tender and chop into bite sized pieces. In a separate pan, melt butter and add chopped onion. Cook the onion until translucent and then add potatoes and Ambrosia apples. Cook until the potatoes are crispy (about 5-10 minutes on medium-high heat), turning occasionally with a spatula to stop them from sticking. Add salt and pepper to taste.



Social Media Round UP

Our Social Media Roundup continues to be a hit. Here are a few of our favourites:

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Remember to use #AmbrosiaApples so we’ll be sure to spot your post.


 Ambrosia apples @growlercafe shared a picture of their weekly special which included Ambrosia apples and we are hungry!
 Ambrosia apples @zekveldsgardenmarket shared their tips on dehydrating Ambrosia apples! They didn’t need to use any preservatives or additives!
 Ambrosia apples @wong_hok_shing says: “Ambrosia Bag of apples. Keep doctors away. Good to stay away from disease. One a day really works.”

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