In 2000, the Mathison family of Stemilt Growers began searching for a new apple variety to call their own. After trying several different new varieties, they came across a boutique apple from Germany that was quickly gaining popularity, under the names Pinova and Sonata. After a few years of testing the apple in their Washington orchards, the Mathison’s purchased the rights to grow and market the Pinova/Sonata in the United States and renamed the variety Pinata, to more accurately refelect it’s personality. Today, Pinata apples thrive on a select few Stemilt orchards , each selected specifically based on soil, elevation, and climate.
So, what is a Pinata apple? It is a cross between Golden Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin and the Duchess of Oldenburg varieties. The best parts of these three apples combine to form the fantastic flavor (crisp and juicy, classic apple flavor with a tropical twist) and striking appearance (stripy bright red over a yellow-orange background) of Pinata apples. They are firm and crunchy, with a round to slight cone- shape. Internally, Pinata apples are bright white and resist browning when sliced. They are medium to large apples, perfect for enjoying in salads or sauces, for freezing, poaching, baking, or for a snack by itself!
Try the recipe below for delicious apple pie featuring Pinata apples! Look for Pinata apples in our ad this week, and only our Facebook fans will receive additional savings with a coupon to try this new variety for only $.99/lb! There is also a coupon for Facebook fans to get Price Chopper refrigerated pie crust for only $1! Become our fan here: http://www.facebook.com/PriceChopperSupermarkets
Stemilt’s PIÑATA!® Apple Pie – Recipe yields one 10″ pie
10-16 Stemilt PIÑATA! ® Apples (each peeled, cored and sliced ½ inch thick)
2 ½ Cups Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1/8 cup of lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup flour
2 pie shells – 10″
Peel, core and slice each apple and put into a large bowl. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice on top of the apples. Mix well. Cook the apple mixture in a microwave for three minutes on high power. Then, stir the apples and pour into an unbaked pie shell. Cut butter into small cubes and place generously across the top of the apple filling. Lay the second unbaked pie shell over the filling and pinch to seal pie shells together. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then turn temperature to 375 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes.
Allow the pie to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!