1 cup Cosmic Crisp® apple, peeled, cored and diced + ¼ cup finely diced for garnish
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
1.5 tablespoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
4 large carrots, peeled and sliced + ½ carrot peeled and sliced lengthwise (for garnish)
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/3 cup apple juice
Salt and pepper
Lime Crème Fraîche
¼ cup crème fraîche
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon of minced fresh cilantro plus more for garnish
Heat olive in a saucepan over medium heat, add onion, garlic and sauté for 2 minutes on low heat, do not let brown. Add all carrots, broth, apple, jalapeño, and ginger; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat, simmer until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove carrot halves, and dice finely for garnish. Puree soup in batches in blender, return to pan. Add apple juice, salt, and pepper to taste.
Divide into bowls and top with finely diced carrot, apple, cilantro, and lime crème fraîche.