Our favourite apples have arrived: the Jonagold from Just-A-Mere. You may not have heard of the apple variety Jonagold before, likely because most retailers only carry a select few types of apples and because the Jonagold has fallen into relative obscurity in recent years. A cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious, the Jonagold is known for its large size, balanced flavour and high juice content.  Since it has a short season, it has primarily been used as a juicing apple in recent years.  Keep your eyes peeled for our own pressed apple cider in the coming weeks.  It is a real treat! We love Jonagolds as both eating and cooking apples.  Their large size makes for easy peeling and coring (both excellent traits if you are in the business of pie). Apples come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the reasons we love apple season is to try new types every year.  A quick browse of the list this week shows five different apple varieties and six types of pears.  No doubt next week we will have a new variety or two to try.  As we move into the colder months, we will see different varieties become available. Apples and Pears are fall’s cold storage champions.  Certain varieties will keep for months and months as long as they are cold enough and kept in the correct conditions. Apples are very sensitive to ethylene gas and are also a strong releaser of gas as they sit.  For this reason, it is best to keep your apples separate from other ethylene-sensitive fruits and veggies.  Don’t store your apples and carrots in the same refrigerator drawer, as those carrots will turn limp and rubbery rather quickly from the apple’s ethylene.