Winter de Gallo Salsa

Every September we stockpile salsa.� We can all of it with the goal of having enough jars for an average of 5-6 per month until we can make fresh salsa again.� Thus we canned just over 50 jars.

Fresh salsa is always the preferred option, assuming it�s made with delicious local ingredients.� Based on that restriction fresh salsa is generally limited to a span of about 3-4 months, with true pico de gallo salsa only happening for a couple of months.

So I�m okay with eating my canned salsa.� My whole family enjoys it and when we open a jar it typically gets eaten in one sitting.

Recently we found a game changer.

winter de gallo apple salsa

Apples.

Ontario�s apple growers�are very adept at preserving their apples into the winter months allowing us consumers the opportunity to eat a delicious local fruit throughout these lean months.

Ontario farmers are always quite good at coaxing plants to grow in greenhouses and hothouses throughout these cold and sun-starved months.� The most recent discovery of ours was cilantro.

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One day for lunch a couple weeks ago I decided to make a salsa with the apples and cilantro we had got at the Kitchener Market a few days before.� I through in a couple frozen jalape�os that we grew, some local red onion, a dash of lime juice (not local�) and dash of apple cider vinegar.� I think I could have left out the lime juice to stay pure to my local ideals but I wanted to have at least one classic flavor on board.

The result is an amazing, crunchy, flavorful salsa that really makes it easy to imagine the summer that is still a long ways off.� And thanks to the lime juice and vinegar the apples stay nice a fresh so this salsa can be saved in the fridge for several days without losing quality.

winter de gallo apple salsa

Now, I have to admit this is not the first time I put apples in a salsa � see The Pleaple have Spoken. �But it is the first time I�ve realized we could eat a fresh Pico de Gallo style salsa in the cruel cold heart of winter. �So, our lives have been changed, and for the better.

winter de gallo apple salsa

This post was originally written for Bailey�s Local Foods, which is where you can find the recipe. �However, a recipe is not super necessary for this salsa as you can simply experiment and find a ratio of ingredients that works for you!