Ambrosia - The Perfect New Year Apple

Jan 06, 2010, 14:14 ET from Riveridge Produce Marketing, Inc.

SPARTA, Mich., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Riveridge Produce Marketing announces the release of the Ambrosia, specialty apple variety, to local markets throughout the Midwest.

Ambrosia was discovered in the late 1980's in British Colombia, Canada and has quickly become a favorite among apple lovers. The variety developed as a chance seedling in a Red and Golden Delicious orchard with the grower noticing quickly that the variety was superior. Its bi-colored bright pink and yellow exterior reveals a sweet-honeyed flesh exhibiting a tender, juicy and crisp texture.

Ambrosia's unusual exterior and sweet, creamy flesh make it ideal for snacking, salads and for baking. Due to its natural sweetness this variety requires less sugar when baking and maintains its shape when cooked for beautiful dessert presentations.

"Riveridge is pleased to bring another unique specialty apple variety with outstanding eating characteristics to market. Consumers are in for a real treat," said Don Armock, President and Partner of Riveridge Produce Marketing.

Ambrosia will be available at select retailers throughout the Midwest through early March.

About Riveridge Produce Marketing

Riveridge Produce Marketing, Inc. is a Sparta, Mich.-based company representing produce growers

throughout Michigan and North America. Riveridge is located in the Michigan fruit belt known as "The Ridge" providing ideal growing conditions for apples. A full-service fresh apple grower, packer and exporter Riveridge specializes in bringing unique varieties to market and currently distributes 20+ varieties throughout the Eastern U.S. Additional product lines include organic apples, old fashioned apple cider, gourmet caramel apples, Michigan sweet cherries, and red tart cherry juice concentrate. Please visit our web site at

Exceeding Expectations

Apple Ambrosia Salad


1/2 pound Ambrosia apples, cored and wedged (two medium)

1 large banana, sliced

1/4 pound seedless grapes

1 can (16 oz) pineapple chunks in juice (reserve juice)

2 Tbsp. shredded coconut


1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice

2 Tbsp. honey, warmed

dash of ground ginger or cinnamon

Preparation Instructions:

In large bowl or serving container, combine apples, bananas, grapes, drained pineapple and coconut. In small bowl, blend pineapple juice, honey and ginger. Pour dressing over fruit; stir gently to coat. Cover and chill until serving.

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