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Arkansas Black Apple
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The skin of the Black Arkansas apple is waxy and vivid red to dark purple in color. Its flesh is golden hued and juicy with a fine-grained and crisp texture. Its highly aromatic and sweet-tart flavor mellows and becomes more palatable with storage. The flesh as well will soften with storage, when first harvested the Black Arkansas apple is extremely hard, almost to the point that many would find it difficult to eat out of hand.
The Black Arkansas apple is available from Penryn Orchards during the fall months.
A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), the exact parentage of the Black Arkansas apple is unknown, but it is believed to be a relative of the Winesap apple. Known as one of the best storage apples the Black Arkansas will keep up to four months in cold storage during which time both the flavor and texture of the apple improves.
Black Arkansas apples are a great source of soluble fiber, which helps to reduce cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular diseases. In addition they contain insoluble fiber, which promotes healthy digestion. They are also a good source of vitamin C and A and contain some potassium and iron.
Recipes that include Arkansas Black Apple. One is easiest, three is harder.