The family farms involved in Direct Organics Plus are some of the original organic farmers of the Similkameen Valley. As strong champions of growing without pesticides, the efforts of these farmers helped develop organic agriculture across the valley. Direct Organics Plus is a packing house and distribution centre for organic growers in Cawston BC. Structured as a co-operative, Direct Organics Plus helps small scale organic farmers in the Okanagan pack and market their crops, an essential service in this hard-working agricultural community.
Granny Smith apples are bright green, with white flesh, very juicy and very firm. Their flavour is pleasantly tart-sweet, with a crunchy texture. Granny Smith apples are most often used in baking preparations because of their high acidity and ability to hold their shape under cooking but can also be eaten raw.
Gala apples are one of the most common varieties of apple. They are a cross between the Cox Pippen, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. </br> </br> Gala apples are a great snacking fruit as they are low in calories, high in water content and offer a fair amount of vitamins A, C and B. They also contain a dietary fiber known as pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and help prevent heart attacks. They also contain trace amounts of boron, which has been touted for its ability to help build strong bones.
Gala apples are always a crowd pleaser. Their dense flesh is creamy yellow and crisp, offering a mildly sweet flavour and flora aroma. Gala’s that are allowed to reach the peak of their sweetness on the tree will have a deeper red hue and a slightly sweeter flavour.
Delicious Fuji apples' interior contains a creamy white flesh which boasts being dense, juicy and crisp. Low in acid its flavor is mild and sweet with hints of both honey and citrus.</br> </br> Fuji apples contain vitamins A and C as well trace amounts of folate and potassium. They are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which has been shown to help prevent heart disease and promote healthy digestion. A medium sized Fuji apple contains about 80 calories and is high in both water and sugar.