The GALA is related to Golden Delicious, this apple
originated in New Zealand. The Gala apple blends modern and old-fashioned parentage.
It is aromatic with a very sweet flavor and crisp and firm texture. Some varieties
have Cox's Orange Pippin, a wonderful old-fashioned English favorite, and both Red
and Golden Delicious in its family tree. It ripens early and keeps well.
Very sweet, crispy and juicy. Medium size. Short season. Available from mid
August. Good-quality Gala apples will be firm with smooth and clean skin. The coloring
will usually be yellow with red stripes, but some new strains are nearly solid red.
Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. (Do not push
with your thumb). It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.
Very good for eating fresh. Voted tops by Epicurious tasters for a delicious
aroma, and is a tied winner for the most pleasantly sweet apple. It is also excellent
in salads, sauces, pies, and other baked goods.
What to Avoid
Avoid apples with soft or dark spots. Also if the apple skin wrinkles when you
rub your thumb across it, the apple has probably been in cold storage too long or
has not been kept cool.