What’s in Season: Apples

It-tuffieħ ta’ belludja, a local variety of apple and pretty rare to find probably originated from Sicily – Until some years ago it practically died out because of viral diseases and insects but there seems to be a resurgence as farmers are being encouraged to grow it.  Malta produces about 42,000 kg apples (of all varieties) every year. Cooked Apples or Tuffieħ mgħolli is a surprisingly good vegan Maltese traditional recipe.

Traditional boiled apples with cloves


4  apples, peeled and core removed
10 cloves
1 cup water
Raisins (optional)


Step 1 Dice the apples.
Step 2 Place in pot with water and add the cloves, cinnamon and the raisins.
Step 3 Discard the cloves and let the apples cool.
Step 4 Put into a small bowl and serve!

Bonus tip: The water used to cook the apples can be chilled in the refrigerator and served as a drink.

Every month we feature a fruit or vegetable that is in season, along with a fun fact or recipe idea. We are currently working on a project, ACT4CAP, highlighting the importance of citizen involvement in agricultural policy to ensure healthy food and protection of our agricultural land. This project is a continuation of our previous work that was done through the Citizen’s CAP project and Agrokatina.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This article reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This project is co-financed by the  Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) and the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisation.

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