Kiku Apples

The Facts About the Kiku Apple Variety

The Fuji apple has been one of the most popular apples worldwide in the last couple decades. In 1990, a mututation of a Fuji tree, produced a new variety of apple, that we now call Kiku. While the Kiku apple is no where near as popular as what it mutated from, it’s growing in popularity. Some people claim that supply is not meeting the demand for Kiku. The apple itself looks rather similar to the Fuji, in fact I thought they were Fuji, until I saw a sign indicating otherwise.

My Experience with this Apple (Rating Scale 1-10)

Aspect Score
Crispiness 7
Tartness 3
Apple Flavor 6
Sweetness 8
Juiciness 6

Overall Feeling: Crunchy, sweet apple that is mildly juciy. Just a hint of tartness in this apple. The inside is off white, which from a visual perspective would not make it a good salad apple. The big big question is, is this apple better than the Fuji? I think so. It just has more personality than a Fuji, which I think most of the time aren’t anything special. Kiku is not my favorite apple but one I do enjoy purchasing from time to time.

Are Kiku Apples GMO?
No, Kiku apples are non-GMO. To learn more about GMO & apples, check out my post: Are SweeTango Apples GMO? Are Any Apples GMO?

Where to Find/Buy
If you are looking to purchase this apple, check out this link from the official Kiku apple page: http://www.kiku-apple.com/en/where-do-i-find-kiku/where-do-i-find-kiku/. I recently spotted them (12/18/2012) at my local Whole Foods Market.

When are Kiku Apples in Season
Kiku is harvested late in the fall season same time as a standard Fuji. Late apples have a longer shelf life. The apple isn’t normally released until winter time with the peak season being in January and February. CMI is the exclusive shipper and grower of Kiku apples in the United States. They are grown in the state of Washington. There is also a second season when New Zealand Kiku apples become available in the summer time.

Can You Buy Organic Kiku Apples?
Not to my knowledge. I know CMI does not grow any organic Kiku as they do not appear on their list of their organic apples.

Here are some apple related kitchen tools I recommend:
Amco Dial-A-Slice Adjustable Apple Corer and Slicer : Allows you to slice apples into either 8 or 16 pieces
Zyliss Soft Skin Peeler : The best peeler I have ever owned. Does a great job peeling an apple.
Mirro Foley 2-Quart Stainless Steel Food Mill : A great tool for making your own applesauce. You can make the sauce without having to do any peeling.

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Comments for This Post

  1. JayTee January 20, 2012, 11:16 am

    Ambrosia Apples are still the best!

  2. CinDee January 22, 2012, 7:29 pm

    I love honey crisp and ambrosia apples, but this one is right up there with them, LOVE it!!

  3. stef July 26, 2012, 3:21 am

    Recently tried the Kiku for the first time and it quickly jumped to the top of my favorite apple variety list!!!! LOVE the Kiku!

  4. Linda December 16, 2012, 4:41 pm

    my favorite is honeycrisp. I tried a kiku and it was up there with honeycrisp, but the price was very high. Found them at WalMart and was shocked at the price.

  5. Matteo February 6, 2013, 8:52 pm

    Thanks for the information. I came across kiku apples at a grocery store in Spring, Texas, and I picked up a couple. I’m curious as to how they’ll taste.

  6. Eric Samuelson February 6, 2013, 10:20 pm

    I hope that you like them. Make sure to come on back and leave a comment to tell us all what you thought!

  7. D February 26, 2013, 12:26 pm

    So, I tried a Kiku. First off, I wouldn’t recommend getting them just because of the cost. My grocery store was selling them for nearly $4 a pound compared to the typical $1.89 for Fuji. I tried one, expecting to love it. It wasn’t very good. It was more blah tasting than it was sweet. I won’t be wasting money on them again.

  8. Eric Samuelson February 27, 2013, 7:22 am

    That is way too expensive for them. I see most grocery stores selling them for the same price as the other apples, except Honeycrisp. I just saw some for $1.49/pound. I bought some smaller ones which taste better than the larger ones, which do end up tasting kind of bland.

  9. cyndi May 2, 2013, 7:58 am

    The kiku are now my favorite apples but they are expensive, about 2.99/lb. and now I haven’t been able to get them at my grocery store for about a month.

  10. Noah August 18, 2013, 12:52 pm

    I am crazy about apples I eat at least four a day, and after trying the kiku I can say for certain
    is not better than the Fuji and its an insult to even compare them. The kiku has more like a 6 in sweetness because it vanishes so quickly, whereas the Fuji flavor stays with you. The skin of the apple is bland and takes a long time to chew. The crispness I would also give a six in comparison to the jazz apple which may be the crunchier I’ve had. So in short, no the kiku doesn’t come close to the perfection that is the Fuji.

  11. Eric Samuelson August 19, 2013, 6:29 am

    I normally do not eat Kiku apples this time of year. The one you had was likely imported. Wait again until they are released near the end of this year from Washington and you might have a better experience.

  12. Daryl W Drake November 18, 2013, 7:09 am

    Tried my first Kiku by accident yesterday by grabbing the first red apple in the apple bin to correct a low blood sugar situation. After my first bite I had to take a look at my sales receipt to find out what I bought. This apple realy dances on the senses. First thought it was a red delicious, no a granny smith, snappy crisp, juicy with a slight tartness and hint of pear. This was a delightful treet and corrected the blood sugars within 15 minutes.

  13. Eric Samuelson November 18, 2013, 5:24 pm

    Those are the best types of accidents! Thanks for the comment!

  14. Mike Vawdrey May 10, 2014, 6:00 pm

    Just bought some Italian grown Kiku from a supermarket here in the UK. Working on the principle of trying anything once I would not repeat on this. I found the apple to be crisp to a fault ,very juicy but ultimately bland. I personally prefer a nutty somewhat more acidic apple. There are several modern varieties with a very similar profile – give me a characterful apple any day – crispness isn’t everything !

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