ABOUT US

We are passionate about reducing food waste and boosting apple consumption. Founders and growers Neal and Louisa Carter welcome you to learn more about our innovative nonbrowning Arctic® apples.

The Simple Science of Arctic® Apples

When you love something you want to share it… That’s how we feel about our Arctic® apples.
Grown in our orchards in Washington State, Arctic® apples maintain just picked freshness, flavor & color after slicing. With the help of bioengineering, we’ve used the apple’s own genes to “turn off” the enzymes that make apples brown when they are sliced, bitten, or bruised – ensuring more apples are eaten and fewer are wasted.
We’ve proudly grown apples for decades, but we have never been more excited to share the freshness of our orchards with you.
Arctic® apples is the flagship product of Okanagan Specialty Fruits.
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We are as passionate about our communities as we are about Arctic® apples. We proudly support events and campaigns that work to improve the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
The communities that serve us are fundamental to our success! Thank you for all you do.
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Our ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS

How will I be able to find and identify Arctic® apples?
If Arctic® apples don’t brown, how can I tell if they’re old or damaged?
Are Arctic® apples just as nutritious as other apples?
Why are some people opposed to Arctic® apples?
Where can I learn more about the science behind Arctic® apples?

How will I be able to find and identify Arctic® apples?

We know apple lovers are eager to trackdown our Arctic® apple slices or Arctic Apbitz® dried apple snacks. Our Arctic® name and logo clearly identifies our Arctic® apples.

You can find out where to buy our apples by using our Contact Us page or if you can’t find them where you shop, download the Product Request Form and provide it to your Produce Manager of your local retailer.
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If Arctic® apples don’t brown, how can I tell if they’re old or damaged?

Arctic® apples can actually make it easier to tell when an apple is “bad”. Superficial damage that does not affect the quality of the fruit, such as minor bruising, won’t show on Arctic® apples.
Arctic® apples look fresh unless there is significant damage, like when the apple is starting to rot, and then the apple probably shouldn’t be eaten. Arctic® apples are not immune to browning; they just don’t produce enough of the necessary enzyme to cause oxidative browning themselves. The type of browning Arctic® apples resist, enzymatic browning, is different from the discoloration that results when rotting from fungal or bacterial infections, so Arctic® fruit will decompose just the same as other apples.

Are Arctic® apples just as nutritious as other apples?

Yes! The nutritional content of Arctic® apple varieties has been rigorously analyzed to prove they are just as healthy as their browning counterparts. And, while the browning reaction typically “burns up” healthful content such as antioxidants and vitamin C when an apple is bitten, sliced, or bruised, this is not the case with Arctic® apples!

Why are some people opposed to Arctic® apples?

Consumers are passionate about their food (as are we!), which leads to a diversity of opinions and interests. Arctic® apples are developed using modern bioengineering and grown with state-of-the- art growing practices; this unique approach can sometimes lead to confusion or apprehension. There is an extremely rigorous process that all bioengineered foods must satisfy before they can be freely grown and sold, and Arctic® apples are the most studied apple there is!

Where can I learn more about the science behind Arctic® apples?

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