After a strong debut, FirstFruits Marketing will once again ship Opal apples this season.
Yakima, Wash.-based FirstFruits, the Opalâs exclusive U.S. distributor, first shipped the yellow-skinned variety in 2009-2010, according to a company news release.
The Opal is grown in Washington exclusively by Prescott, Wash.-based Broetje Orchards, FirstFruitsâ grower partner. The deal is expected to run from January through May.
A cross between a golden delicious and a Topaz, the Opal is known for its bright color, crunchy texture and tangy flavor. It was first produced in Europe in 2000.