What are Envy Apples? (What Do They Taste Like)

(Last Updated On: January 22, 2014)

My first new apple review in quite a few months and if you an avid Eat Like No One Else fan, you would know I love reviewing apple varieties. This time I picked an apple from the other side of the planet. I found some Envy apples out of New Zealand recently at Hiller’s in Ann Arbor, MI. This apple is a cross between two popular apples, the Gala and Braeburn two other apples that got their start in New Zealand. These two apples have got together before to produce the Jazz apple, which I find think is a sweet, crunchy apple with no flavor.

My Experience with this Apple (Rating Scale 1-10)
Crispiness: 8
Tartness : 2
Apple Flavor: 7
Sweetness: 9
Juiciness: 7

Overall Feeling: Not bad for a crisp & sweet apple. It has some flavor to it, unlike a lot of the super sweet/super crisp apples varieties that keep coming out. I think it’s an improvement on it’s parent, the Gala for sure and much better than Gala’s other child, the Jazz. Sorry I am showing favoritism in this family. Envy is great for out of hand eating. I would use a more tart apple for baking/cooking. I might not necessarily seek them out but I might buy them again if I found them at a good price.

Are Envy Apples GMO?

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

Here are some other unique apple varieties to check out:
Kiku
Spitzenberg
Pinata

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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10 Comment

  1. Rose says:

    I use to buy Fuji Apple, but I just brought some envy apple n it taste better then Fuji. I’m going to change Fuji time envy now. Sweet n crispy .

  2. Dave says:

    You must have eaten a NZ jazz apple. Try a ripe WA state jazz apple. September ambrosia apples from BC are nice. Good website.

  3. Eric Samuelson says:

    I have had both New Zealand and Washington grown Jazz apples. I have found them sometimes to be good and others time to be bland. The first NZ and WA ones of the season seem to be the most flavorful and then it goes down hill.

  4. lc says:

    I haven’t eaten an apple in years. But I tried the Envy and fell in love with apples all over again. Very delicious. It is a great one all the way around. But they do spoil you…

  5. Laney says:

    I just tried an Envy and OMG these are my new favorites. Great taste, very crisp and very sweet. Good either alone or in a salad!

  6. Eric Samuelson says:

    Glad you found something new you like.

  7. cm says:

    these are the best tasting apples I’ve ever had and nothing else comes close (though I’ve only tried them from one bunch). Since you say they are “not bad”, that doesn’t seem like a ringing endorsement… what apples would you say are better for straight up eating? (this is less a challenge and more a true question, b/c I would love to try em).

  8. Eric Samuelson says:

    Awesome. I am glad you found and enjoyed them. I like alot of the hard to find heirloom varieties that you seek out at farmer’s market and orchards. As far as grocery store apples, right now Lady Alice is my favorite. Good flavor and nice balance of sweet and tart.

  9. fan says:

    I like Envy apple very much, but at this time, where can we get them,?

  10. Eric Samuelson says:

    I recently saw them at Kroger. Where do you normally shop?

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