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About Kiku apples

The Kiku apple started as a red sport. A red sport is a natural mutation, which causes a particular branch of an apple tree to produce fruit that looks slightly different from the rest. In the 1990s, Louis Braun was abroad in Japan and found this red sport apple hanging from a Fuji tree. After falling in love with the beautiful red-striped pattern of this apple, Braun bought the rights to the apple and took it to his orchard in Italy. 

Though most of these apples still come from Italy, they were introduced to the U.S. market in 2010. Now orchards in Washington, Michigan, and Pennsylvania grow this variety too. In the off-season, the U.S. receives imports from Chile and New Zealand, where the trees grow happily in warmer climates. It still ripens to a striking striped ruby red, and they are typically smaller than their Fuji cousins.

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FAQs About Kiku Apples

According to reviews from testers, the Kiku apple bears similarity to the Honeycrisp and the Fuji. Kikus are sweet, but not too sweet, and just tart enough with hints of fruity grape-like aromatics. Its texture and juiciness compare with its cousin, the Fuji apple. However, where the Fuji has a slightly sour taste, the Kiku does not. This makes the sweetness of the Kiku more pronounced and is why many tasters compared it with a Honeycrisp.

The Kiku tastes the absolute best as a snacking apple. Its crisp and juicy interior, the snap of the skin, and the sweet flavor are a pleasure on their own. Try it with cheese slices or peanut butter to increase the protein of this snack apple. Sharp cheddar is a great cheese choice for this snack. The sharpness of the cheese with the sweetness of the apple is a delightful pairing.

To incorporate these beautiful apples into a meal, consider tossing them into an acidic fruit salad. The acidic juices will preserve the beautiful white flesh, and you can leave the striped skin on to showcase its ruby color. Similarly, thinly sliced into wedges or rounds, these apples would beautify a spring salad and complement spring greens with their bright, sweet flavor. They also make a gorgeous candied apple.

When you find these apples in the store, they may be more expensive than other apple varieties. This is because the Kiku brand apple has a very restricted list of distributors. The lower supply paired with the higher demand for the unique flavor of the Kiku variety drives the price up in some supermarkets. Remember that buying fruit within its growing season can help lower your spending on produce. If you're in the U.S., buying these apples as they come off the trees in the fall will be less expensive than buying them after we have imported them from Chile.
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