From Valle del Guadalcobacín to the rest of the world
Apples from Ronda are a natural fruit from Valle del Guadalcobacín. It is a fruit that has survived to every plague and the introduction of more commercial trees. It is a fruit that tastes like Ronda and is a part of its history and culture. The apple from Ronda is a variety of the apple that is only grown in this inlad region in Málaga. They can be mistaken by regular apples easily because they look just the same.
However, on the inside, the apple from Ronda is a world of totally different flavours with a softer and juicier texture. The apple from Ronda is slightly smaller than a regular apple. This product is also resistant to meteorological changes and time: it is preserved in good conditions up to six months after being collected. Younger generations barely know about this fruit. This fruit was most produced during the 1950s and the 1970s. During this period, this product was highly demanded in the main markets of Spain: Cádiz, Córdoba, Madrid or Bilbao. It was also exported internationally and it arrived to some areas of South America and Africa.
The return of the apple from Ronda
Farmers in Valle del Guadalcobacín have decided to take back the apple from Ronda after a period of uncertainty when it almost disappeared. In the last five years, its production has started to be significant again in Málaga. This product can be now enjoyed in many ways. The most simple and traditional one is to eat it fresh as a snack, for dessert or in the afternoon. Its use in baking and other types of consumption have also become important. So the use of apples from Ronda to make cakes, pies, puff pastries, jams or even brandies has become quite popular.
‘Peritos’ from Ronda
Among the products made with this popular fruit in Serranía de Ronda, ‘peritos’ are widely known. ‘Peritos’ are sweets in the shape of a chocolate made with puff pastrie, cinnamon, butter and sugar. This sweet was created by the baker David Verdú, who was born in Ronda, with the objective of promoting the production and consumption of this fruit.