A wonderful, distinctive variety of apples, the well-known Golden Delicious or Pilafa apples to the experts, are the pride of Arcadia. They have been recognized as a Protected Designation of Origin product and their cultivation hides a lovely story. The seed of this distinctive tree was imported to Vlachokerasia Arcadia from America by a repatriated Arcadian in the early 20th century. In actual fact, to the north of New York there is a variety very similar to that in Arcadia, which is considered a national treasure and is called Golden Russet.
Today the apples grow on about 1,000-1,500 stremma in Arcadia and production is estimated at approximately 1,000 tons per year. Production figures are low for the present-day economy, yet it reflects the care and attention paid by the growers to this wonderful, shiny fruit.
The apple’s nutritional value is recognized both by folk wisdom, as well as by modern medicine. The apple is an excellent source of antioxidants, in other words anti-aging elements, such as flavonoids and polyphenols. In addition, a valuable flavonoid only present in apples is instrumental in preventing and fighting osteoporosis. And of course, the apple’s vitamin C content makes it a unique ally in health protection.
The now famous “Delisia”, as they are usually called, is an entirely separate category of apples. They are yellowish in colour, with bold, red streaks. Their aroma is exquisite. Their flavour is very full, slightly sour. The unique properties of these apples also includes the fact that they are exceptionally resilient, both to changes in climatic conditions, as well as to the passing of time; they can therefore be consumed over a long period, without any deterioration in their delicious, crispy flesh. The fruit’s powerful aroma makes it ideal for making homemade liqueurs and also to give special character to traditional sweets.