SELAH, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--It’s harvest season, and Tree Top Inc., a grower-owned fruit co-op with more than 1,000 growers in the Pacific Northwest, is celebrating the fruitful occasion along with U.S. Apple Association. Apple harvest runs between late August and November, at the peak of ripeness. Whether you pick apples with your family or use apple sauce in your baking, you’ll find that apples are an easy, tasty and nutritious fruit to incorporate into your diet.
Apples are grown in every state in the U.S., but Washington is the largest supplier, leading the industry with 70 percent of the nation’s harvest. A temperate climate, nutrient-rich soil and plentiful irrigation water make Washington one of the most productive agricultural regions in the nation. Located in the heart of Washington’s apple country, Tree Top processes nearly 55 percent of the fruit in the state. More than a dozen apple varieties are pressed each harvest, and the juice is separated from the solids, which are sold for a range of uses.
“Virtually none of our apples at Tree Top go to waste,” said Dan Hagerty, senior vice president of CPG sales and marketing at Tree Top. “Just because a piece of fruit isn’t pretty enough for the fresh apple market doesn’t means it’s not tasty and perfect for juicing or another fruit-based product.”
An Apple a Day
It’s nearly impossible to forgo the delicious and indulgent dishes that are quintessential to the upcoming holiday season. But apples can actually help keep waistlines trim. They’re free of fat, sodium and cholesterol, and an excellent source of fiber. Plus, they contain natural sugars that are more slowly released into the blood stream and help to maintain steady blood sugar levels2.
To lower the fat content of a recipe and increase the vitamin and antioxidant content, try substituting apple sauce instead of cooking oil. Apple juice can also be substituted for liquids like chicken broth to boost nutrition and lower the amount of sodium in a sauce or soup recipe.
“When looking for apple juice or apple sauce, there are so many healthy options, including choices that are made of 100 percent fruit and no sugar added,” said Wendy Brannen, director of consumer health and public relations at U.S. Apple Association. “And when at the store, make certain you look for products that are made with U.S.-grown apples to support our local growers.”
Tree Top is the only major brand that uses 100 percent USA apples for its apple juice. Furthermore, the brand maintains a trained taste panel to guarantee the finest quality in every single batch of apple juice produced. For more information, including recipes and nutrition facts, visit www.treetop.com and www.usapple.org.
About Tree Top Inc.
Since 1960, Tree Top® has delivered products and ingredients that reflect the company’s passion, attention to quality and craftsmanship. Located in the heart of Washington’s apple country and supporting more than 1,000 growers, Tree Top is a global business firmly rooted in the co-op’s small-town heritage. Values such as supporting small business and agriculture, using local ingredients and packaging that lessens impact on our environment, developing products that are wholesome and pure, and treating employees right are at the heart of what we do at Tree Top, and have been since day one. From taste to nutrition to price, Tree Top is always the Good Pick for you and your family. For more information, visit www.treetop.com or connect with us via www.facebook.com/treetop, @treetopinc, www.instagram.com/treetopinc or http://pinterest.com/treetopinc.