The PFEs were invited to an event recently for the launch of an apple. Yes, you heard right, an apple! My interest was piqued especially as it was held at Bistro Guillaume in the Crown Perth Hotel. There would be Jazz Apple cocktails, Bistro Guillaume’s bespoke Jazz Apple canapes and a taste of the first season’s Jazz Apples from the orchard. I was excited!
Bistro Guillaume was beautifully decorated on the night, with Jazz Apples strewn all over the restaurant. I love the huge barrel of Jazz Apples located at the entrance. So inviting!
We were spoilt for choices with drinks! We went with the Jazz Apple Martini and Jazz Apple Cocktail. They were refreshing!
I was looking forward to the speeches to find out more about the Jazz Apples! What I heard was an inspirational story from the Montague family and their staff. Humble beginnings but with perseverance and tenacity, had made Jazz Apples as successful as what it is now. Hats off to all the growers and farmers working hard across Australia to provide us with great local produce! Jazz Apples were described as aromatic, crispy and sweet, with lineage from a cross between Gala and Braeburn apples. I made a mental note to get some from the markets to try when they are out in April!
The launch ended with a couple of lovely desserts – the Jazz Apple Creme Brulee and Jazz Apple Jelly. The creme brulee was awesome, had a few of those!
We were given a box of Jazz Apples to taste as we left! How thoughtful of them! Thank you!
I was telling my colleagues the next day about this event and their interests were piqued as well as they have not heard of this type of apple before. What I did with the box of Jazz Apples was to have a tasting of my own. Comments were collected from my family, my colleagues and my sister’s colleagues!
“Fresh and juicy”
“Thick skinned but crunchy”
“Crisp and acidic”
“Fresh and crispy with a sour taste”
“Sweet and crunchy”
“Initially tasty but flavor dissipates”
For myself personally, I liked the crunchiness and juiciness from the Jazz Apple and its firm flesh. It was not as sweet as expected but I have a feeling it is because it had not fully ripen with the green hues in the flesh.
Jazz Apples are due in store mid-April and will be available in all major supermarkets and food retailers nationally. Jazz Apples are grown in Batlow (NSW), Huon Valley (TAS), Adelaide Hills (SA), Stanthorpe (QLD), Manjimup (WA), Northern Tasmania and Southern Victoria.