Orchard Experts – Believe it or not, you don't even have to drive to an orchard to get fresh apples anymore! You can just buy one of our premium Apple Boxes, packed with our homegrown, juicy Zestar apples, which are considered to be an “early Honeycrisp”. Kauffman Orchards is a family-owned small business in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, established back in 1915 with a vision to provide the local community with fresh, nutritious fruit that enhances quality of life for the American consumer. Today, the orchard is managed by the 4th and 5th generations of Kauffmans and still follows that goal, raising Nutrient-Dense fruit that has enhanced vitamins, minerals, and flavor.Snacking and Applesauce – Scientists at the University of Minnesota, developers of the famous Honeycrisp apple, say this about Zestar apples: “Finally, an early-season apple with a crisp, juicy texture and an exciting, zesty flavor with a hint of brown sugar! Its outstanding texture, flavor, and storage life are sure to make Zestar an early-season winner.” This Apple Box contains premium, Nutrient-Dense, non-GMO, non-waxed Zestar apples, and each apple has soft, high-density foam surrounding it to ensure protection during shipping. The 8-count box holds approximately 2.5-3 lb. of fresh apples; the 16-count box, approximately 5-6 lb. (about a peck by volume); the 48-count box, approximately 15-18 lb. (about 3/5 bushel). Shipping Information – We pack your Apple Box with fresh apples that are highest quality, and we use shipping methods that provide a quick 2-3 day delivery to most of the lower 48 United States. However, we have no control over distance to your address, nor over handling and temperature during transit. Since apples sometimes ripen quickly in hot temperatures during transit, we suggest that you consider choosing 2-Day or Next-Day delivery during checkout. Refrigerate your apples upon arrival.
Zestar is one of my favorite apples. Although not tart, they have a wonderful apple flavor. They are not as juicy as a Honeycrisp, but they are crisp and I think have a better overall flavor than Honeycrisp. The apples I received from Kauffmans were packaged well but I did notice bruising on some of them???