The Kanzi apple, known as “the Foodie’s Choice,” has won a series of blind taste tests and is being noticed by chefs and bakers nationwide.
Originally discovered in Belgium and now grown in premium orchards worldwide, the Kanzi apple has developed a reputation for having a crunchy bite and a well-balanced sweet and sour flavor profile.
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“The acid content balances the sugars perfectly, creating a flavor profile that is an incredible blend of sweet and tangy. The Kanzi is denser than most, which helps it hold up well in baking dishes,” explained Danelle Huber, Marketing Specialist with CMI Orchards.
The Kanzi is a hybrid of the Gala and Braeburn apples and grown in the US by a select group of CMI Orchards’ growers. It is the second best-selling apple in Europe and is quickly rising in the US apple category, consistently placing among the top 10 selling branded apples. The full retail booklet can be found here.
Taste tests conducted with retail partners, consumers and in product demos continue to lean in favor of Kanzi apples. In late October, Barstool Sports conducted a blind taste test of 16 apples. The Kanzi won the top honor.
“We’re constantly hearing from chefs, bakers and bloggers on our social media pages who have discovered the exceptional culinary attributes of Kanzi and consider it their favorite apple in the kitchen for the taste and the vibrant, glossy red skin that looks absolutely beautiful atop salads and when featured in dishes,” explained Rochelle Bohm, Brand Manager for CMI Orchards.
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