Are Kiku apples a new apple or an old apple with a new name? This and all your Kiku apple questions answered below!
Are you a sweet apple fan?
Or do you like a more tart experience?
If you answer, yes to the first question, then your going to want to know about the Kiku Apple. Maybe you already know about it and love it and here to learn more about your new love.
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 an apple that was different from the other Fujis. This apple gained the name, Kiku.
While the Kiku apple is no where near as popular as what it mutated from, it's growing in popularity. Some say that supply is not meeting the demand for Kiku.
What makes Kiku stand out from Fuji is it's color. Kiku has a skin that is way more red than the Fuji apple that has more of a dull pink colored skin. That eye appeal is what attracted retailers to carry the Kiku.
My Taste Experience with this Apple
Here is what I have thought of the Kiku apples I have tried. Ratings on a scale of 1-10.
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, especially in the late winter months when the picking gets slim.
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 Buy Kiku
Kiku Apples are relatively easy to find now. Most major grocery chains (Walmart, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, etc) will carry them from time to time. If you need help finding them, let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Instagram - @eatlikenooneelse
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. They could be out there, but I have not recalled ever seeing organic Kiku.
Can You Bake with Them?
I think Kiku are best for eat out of hand. They are too sweet really for what I want a baking apple to be. Plus there are many better choices out there for baking.
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