The Koru apple: a new breed

Geoff Plunkett discovered Koru as a seedling in 1998 near Nelson, New Zealand. This apple is a cross between Braeburn and Fuji varieties, its skin is orange-red over a gold or green background with crisp, juicy, sweet flesh.

Like the Envy apple, it does not brown quickly so works well in salads. There are notes of honey, orange juice, spice, and vanilla. It also has been described as cidery, due to its juiciness.

The first Koru was first commercially available in 2013. Today, 85% of the Koru apples are imported from New Zealand. But it grows in the Northwest and Northeast of the United States. Many would like to see this apple have a larger presence on grocery shelves.


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