“In the fertile valleys and plateaus of America’s far west, growers tend orchards that produce the world’s best apples. More than 175,000 acres of apple orchards are nestled in the eastern foothills of the picturesque Cascade Mountains at elevations from 500 to 3,000 feet above sea level. The orchards are irrigated with plentiful and cool mountain water.”
Here are just a few varieties that are grown in Washington.
Apples with Honey-Cream Cheese Dip
1 Red Delicious apple, cored and chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
1 Gala apple, cored and chopped
1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped
or use 4 of your favorite varieties of Washington apples
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Ground pistachio nuts
In a shallow bowl, combine the apple slices and lemon juice to prevent browining. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, honey and lemon zest until well blended. Garnish with ground pistachio nuts on top. Arrange sliced apples on a platter and serve with dip.