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)
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.
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.