Why you should be excited
Gala is an apple everyone knows, but few consider their absolute favourite. A nice commercial apple.
The story of Gala
Sweet and juicy, Gala is an apple we can understand becoming popular.
Originating in New Zealand, plantings spread widely during the last third of the 20th century, mostly in the form of Royal Gala, a more brightly coloured sport. It’s pretty and flavourful, but really no better than a zillion lesser-known apple varieties.
And – from an organic perspective – it’s a fairly fussy apple tree to grow, susceptible to both scab and canker. That makes it a pain to deal with.
We don’t mind if you worship this variety, but we hope you’ll understand why we’ve only got a few Gala trees in our orchard. There are plenty of other varieties we prefer growing.
Bred in Greytown, New Zealand; introduced in 1965.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Cream-coloured flesh is juicy, with rich, honeyed flavour and hints of a perfumed quality.
Medium-sized with a gold background that's partly covered by an orange flush and red striping.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Although it's used in many North American ciders, Gala is not a particularly great apple in cider. It adds bulk and not much else.
Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).