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Apples - Braeburn

Availability

Braeburn apples are harvested in late March and April and are available through to December.

 

Storage and Handling

Store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

History

Braeburn apples originated in New Zealand in 1952 by a farmer in Waiwhero and were then cultivated by the Williams Brothers at the Braeburn Orchards. It's now one of the world's most popular apples in both Southern and Northern hemispheres with Chile being the largest producer.

Facts

  • Cook very well
  • Excellent storage qualities
  • New Zealand’s second largest volume variety
  • Mahana Red, Aurora and Eve varieties were all developed from the Braeburn apple

Growing Facts

  • Most apples sold commercially are grown from trees that consist of two parts grafted together
  • A farmer takes a cutting from a healthy tree of a particular apple variety and grafts it on to the roots of other apple trees (rootstock), which are good at growing
  • Farmers do this to reduce the amount of damage from temperature extremes, pests and disease
  • The fruit that is grown will be the same variety as the cutting, not the rootstock
  • In New Zealand, Nelson, Hawkes Bay and Otago are the main growing regions, although apples are grown in many other parts of New Zealand

Nutrition Information

1 apple - 130g

  Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 304/73 234/56
Protein (g) 0.7 0.5
- saturated (g) trace trace
Carbohydrate (g) 15.1 11.6
- sugars (g) 14 10.8
Fibre (g) 2.7 2.1
Sodium (mg) 1 1
Vitamin C (mg) 10 7.7

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 10th Edition, Plant & Food Research – 2014