I love having the chance to try out new products and share them through our blog and what's better than learning about a new produce item? I'm so excited about this new apple - Junami brand. Here's additional info via the latest press release with an accompanying recipe. Be sure to try these out as you see them in Chicago area stores! I'll post more after I give them a try.
Greater Chicago Area is Chosen as Select Market to Receive One of the Hottest New Apples - Junami™ brand appleEnjoy Apple Braised Chicken- Featuring Junami Apples
Selah, WA – (January 10, 2014 ) Kicking off the New Year, there is a new scrumptious apple bursting with juice and flavor that is arriving in stores. Rainier Fruit Company is making available its exclusive Junami™ brand apple while supplies last in select U.S. markets including the greater Chicago area at Jewel, Mariano's and other stores.
“Junami brand apples’ juiciness, crisp texture and well-balanced taste are really resonating with consumers. Pronounced like Mon Ami- Junami offers the best characteristics of several varieties and combines them into one,” said Suzanne Wolter, Rainier spokesperson. “We expect it to be a major apple brand in the United States in the next few years as production increases to the quantities that consumer are demanding.”
What makes Junami brand apples so good are their special crispiness, fruity character, invigorating flavor and undeniable juiciness that makes them a real thirst quencher. Especially popular with young adults, or those who love delicious, juicy apples that are not overly sweet, Junami brand apples stand out. The flavor is slightly perfumed, with a nice balance of a fresh, tangy taste and crispy bite. It is beautifully round with eye-catching red color.
Apple Braised Chicken- Featuring Junami ApplesPrep Time: 8 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes ,Serves 4 to 6
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package (20 ounces) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup sliced onion
3 Junami apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, divided
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Toss the chicken in the flour until well coated. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on both sides, turning once, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the apples, onion, chicken broth and 1 tablespoon tarragon. Bring to a boil and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Remove chicken, onion and apples and keep warm. Add cream to juices in pan and cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened. Pour sauce over chicken and sprinkle with remaining tarragon.
Tip: For a complete meal, serve with wild rice and a green vegetable.
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: 377 Cal., 15 g fat, 35% of calories from fat. 30 g protein., 31 g. carb., 138 mg chol., 4 g fiber, 312 mg. sodium.
Junami brand apples are one of the newer apples in the American marketplace. They originated in Switzerland and are a cross between Idared, Maigold and Elstar varieties. Until recently they were only grown in northwestern Europe under stringent and controlled conditions. To guarantee a perfect taste and optimum quality, Junami brand apples are only cultivated in the very best regions, and in America that is Central Washington.
Rainier Fruit Company is the exclusive North American grower/shipper of Junami™ brand apples. Rainier Fruit, known for its superb growing standards, upholds continuous quality monitoring to ensure a flawless and authentic brand apple for North America. They will be available in select locations throughout the United States while supplies last. To locate a store selling Junami™ brand apples, consumers can visiting Rainier Fruit’s website at www.rainierfruit.com.
About Rainier Fruit Company
For more than 100 years, Rainier Fruit has prided itself in being growers first with their orchards benefiting from Central Washington’s rich volcanic soil, snow-fed irrigation supply and long growing season to produce crisp, flavorful fruit. Rainier Fruit Company Highly trained horticulturists continue to artfully select premier orchard sites and choose the most environmentally sustainable practices in order to maintain its high quality standards. One of the largest growers, it offers a year-round supply of conventional and organic apples and pears, and seasonal supplies of conventional and organic cherries and blueberries. For additional information about RainierFruit Company please visit: www.RainierFruit.com.