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The Instacart guide to Zestar apples

About Zestar apples 

The Zestar apple is an apple cultivar — a plant cultivated to have specific characteristics — first developed at the University of Minnesota in 1999. Protected by U.S. Plant Patent #97120, it is one of 24 apple varieties developed through the work of horticulturists at the university's Horticultural Resource Center. This apple variety underwent extensive testing to ensure that it can be grown in the cold northern climate of the United States and Canada. 

Also called the Minnewashta apple, the Zestar apple is known for its unique sweet and tangy flavor, with a hint of brown sugar. It is very juicy and has a light, crisp texture. This medium-sized apple has light grainy flesh, which will turn brown very quickly when exposed to the air. The Zestar apple maintains a deep-red hue on 60% to 85% of its skin, with other areas retaining a yellowish or greenish color. Its coloring results from the amount of sunlight that different parts of the skin absorb during the apple's maturation process. 

Zestar apples are good for eating raw as a snack due to their delicious flavor. You can eat one right off the shelf at room temperature when its flavor is more intense. Enjoy by itself or with a teaspoon of peanut (or your favorite nut) butter or warm caramel. You can also peel and chop them into fresh salads to preserve their fruity taste. 

If you enjoy apple crisps, you can use Zestar apples to make a delicious batch. Zestar apples also pair well with cheese, cheddar, and Roquefort especially. As such, they can form part of an artisanal charcuterie board. In addition, you can bake Zestar apples into pies, cook them into sauces, and use them for sweet desserts and bars, among other culinary uses.

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FAQs About Zestar Apple

Zestar apples have a variety of cooking applications. If you can't find them in stores near you, you can substitute them with Cortland or Fuji apples. Cortland apples have a similar crisp texture and sweet-tart flavor. However, they are much softer than the Zestar variety. 

On the other hand, Fuji apples are a Japanese variety. They also have a tart and tangy flavor notes like the Zestar variety and are crisp and juicy with honey and citrus flavor notes. Fuji apples are great for snacking, hold up well to cooking, and are a delightful substitute for Zestar apples in recipes for crisps. 

Zestar apples are a good source of nutrients. They are rich in vitamins A and C, both of which act as an antioxidant. Vitamin C also helps boost your immune response. The potassium in Zestar apples boosts heart health. Zestar apples are also a good source of fiber, improving digestive function and gut health, promoting weight loss, and regulating blood sugar levels. These apples are also low in calories, making them a sweet but healthy snack option for the strictest of diets. 

Zestar apples are widely available around the country. You can find some at your local grocery store, which you can now shop in a new way, thanks to Instacart. Through the Instacart app or website, you can order the freshest Zestar apples. An Instacart shopper will pick out your apples and have them ready for delivery or pick up in as little as 2 hours, a convenient way to shop for groceries and other essentials!
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