Did you know that the secret to the deliciousness of apples lies in the cool nights and sunny days that they're grown in? That's right, these special climate conditions play a vital role in the process of growing the most flavorful apple varieties.
During summer, these juicy fruits pack on the pounds, and they don't ripen until autumn or even winter. And that's precisely why Europe celebrates apple season from September until December – it's the perfect time to enjoy the bounty of this delicious fruit!
But with so many apples at your disposal, what can you do with them all? Well, the possibilities are endless! From multiple types of apple pies and roasted apples to mouth-watering soups and sauces, there's no shortage of delicious apple recipes to try. And let's not forget the simple pleasure of biting into a crisp, juicy apple or adding it to a fruit salad.
And if you're looking for something a little more exciting, why not try making your own apple cider? This delicious alcoholic beverage is made by fermenting apple juice and is a popular treat in Britain and Ireland. But did you know that Poland is now producing some of the most flavorful ciders around? It's no surprise, really, considering that it's also the European capital of apple orchards.
So, what are you waiting for? Why not give some of the best apple varieties grown in Poland – such as Gala, Golden, Delicious, Ida Red, Gloster, Jonagold, Ligol, and Champion – a try? Trust us, your taste buds will thank you for it!
Map of main orchards that are a part of Grójeckie Association.
If you're looking to sink your teeth into the best of the best apples, then look no further than the Grójeckie Orchards Association in the Masovia region of Poland. Only orchards that follow traditional apple-tree cultivation methods, grow select apple varieties, and fall under the Protected Geographical Indication Mark can become members of this prestigious association.
What makes apples from the Grójeckie region stand out from the rest? Well, for starters, they have a higher than average acidity and much more colorful skin than your average apple. These unique qualities are a result of the perfect combination of soil and micro-climate conditions in the region.
Of course, if you can't make it out to one of the orchards yourself, you can always keep an eye out for Grójeckie Apples while you're out shopping. Who knows, you might even be inspired to try your hand at making your first apple soup with them!
TRADITIONAL POLISH HORSERADISH-APPLE SOUP RECIPE CREATED BY GATITA:
-1 large onion -white part from leek
-400 grams (14oz) of potatoes
-2 large apples
-1 liter of vegetable broth
-3 spoons of horseradish
-3 spoons of sour cream
-butter for frying
-salt, pepper,chilli and dill for seasoning
-cooked apples for decoration
- If you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-make soup recipe, then look no further! Here's what you'll need to do:
- First, start by cutting the onion into small cubes and the leek into thin slices. Then, fry them up in some butter until they're nice and caramelized.
- Next, cut up the potatoes and apples into bite-sized cubes. Add them to a saucepan along with the fried veggies and pour in some broth. Let everything simmer together until the potatoes are nice and soft.
- Once everything is cooked, it's time to blend the soup. Add a dollop of horseradish and some cream to give it a rich, creamy flavor. And don't forget to season it with your favorite spices to taste!
- Finally, to add a little extra flair, garnish the soup with some cooked apples. And voila – your delicious soup is ready to be enjoyed!
If you're a fan of cider, then Poland is the place to be! Here are some of the best craft ciders to try:
Kwaśne Jabłko (Sour Apple): This cider is made from a variety of delicious apples grown by the cider makers themselves, including Antonówka, Boskop, Szara Reneta, Topaz, Golden Delicious, and Jonathan. It's a must-try for any cider lover!
Meli Melum: If you're looking for a premium cider, this one has already won over many sommeliers. It's characterized by its high carbonation, which gives it a unique and refreshing taste.
Traditional Cider from Trzebnica: For a cider that's truly unique, head to the hills of Trzebnica to try this traditional cider. The producer offers interesting flavors such as pear or choke-berry, and the landscape where the cider is made is truly stunning.
But that's not all – there are also apple sparkling wines to try! Check out Winnica Chodorowa, where you can not only sample great ciders and traditional grape wines, but also sparkling wines made with apples. And if you're looking for a truly special experience, be sure to take a walk among the orchards – some of the trees here are over 70 years old!
Mark your calendars for September 28th, 2022 because it's World Apple Day! Why not plan your next trip around this time and experience the festivities? Poland is the perfect destination for all your culinary desires, and we have plenty of options to choose from. Take a look at our 2022 Poland Culinary Vacations and book your trip today!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to taste some of the world's most delicious apples and indulge in other culinary delights. And while you're at it, raise a glass and say "Na zdrowie!" - Cheers!
*Protected Geographical Indication mark is a symbol of quality and authenticity, signifying that a product has a unique quality, reputation, or characteristic that is attributable to its geographical origin. So, when you're in Poland, be sure to try products with this mark for an authentic and unforgettable culinary experience.