Arctic® Fuji Apple Receives FDA Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) newest nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, Arctic® Fuji, completed the voluntary review process with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. Arctic® Fuji’s are the third apple variety OSF has been approved to grow, along with Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples that previously received regulatory approval in 2015. “Completion of this FDA review is important news for our company as it marks the last step needed for Arctic® Fuji to officially join our commercial orchards,” explained Neal Carter, President of OSF. “We get a lot of feedback from people about what Arctic® variety
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When Apple (and other) Trees Bloom

The arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere can be a moving target. Too early and frost can be a risk factor, while a late spring can push the growing season. Whenever it arrives, fruit tree blossoms are always a welcome sight. Most of us look at an orchard and see a blanket of beautiful flowers. To the untrained eye it can be hard to differentiate the blooms of apricots from those of an apple or peach. Lucky for you, we can help. For those in the pacific northwest, here’s a guide to what fruit trees are blooming when. Fruit
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Modern Apple Growing

Science and technology are advancing at a rapid pace, making life easier and more convenient. Agriculture sees its share of these benefits but the true advantage is realized when we can find our way to a place where old and new meet in harmony. Apple growing has changed. Sprawling trees have been replaced by smaller, more productive ones in high-density orchards. Gone is water-wasting overhead irrigation in favor of more efficient drip systems. Through it all, a few things remain the same – sometimes getting a helping hand. Grafted, not seeded Apple seeds are a genetically creative group. If planted,
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Arctic® Fuji petition requesting deregulation submitted

Arctic® Fuji is poised to follow in the footsteps of OSF’s first nonbrowning apple varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny, which were approved for commercial sale in February 2015. On December 31st, OSF formally submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting the deregulation of the next nonbrowning variety – Arctic® Fuji. Developed using the same innovative techniques as other Arctic® apple varieties, Arctic® Fuji apples have been grown and tested in field trial orchards for over a decade. The petition being reviewed by the USDA contains substantial data collected over many years that demonstrates the safety
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It’s cut and dried: Arctic® apples are perfect!

We’ve talked a lot about Arctic® apples’ perfect suitability for the freshcut industry since they avoid the need for costly anti-browning treatments and offer consumers a more appealing product. And, the same is true for dried apples! Just as with fresh apples, whether whole or cut, oxidative browning is also a major issue for dried apples. Like freshcut apples, dried apple products require anti-browning treatments to help them maintain their color. While anti-browning solutions or in-home fruit juice applications can be used for short term prevention of browning in fresh apples, sulfite treatments are commonly used to prevent browning of
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