Learn all about the Premier Star apple variety that comes out of New Zealand.
If you like Gala apples, this is one you'll want to try.
They say their are certainties in life.
Such as death and taxes.
Or other says birth, death, and change.
One certainity is that if this blogger finds an apple variety he has never tried before, he is going to buy it, and then probably review for the blog.
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As long as there are apples to try, reviews will keep on coming.
That's why we are here today talking about an apple out of New Zealand that I recently found. It goes by the name "Premier Star".
At first I wasn't sure the variety name, I thought Premier Star might just be the brand and the grocery store I found it at didn't list the name of the apple on the sign. Only a price. Indeed that's the name.
The variety was first discovered in 1999. The apple is harvested in February in New Zealand would be summer time. So it's a pretty early ripening variety. If it was grown in the United States it would ripen in August.
Bostock New Zealand has exclusive rights to the variety. I have reviewed some of their other varieties like NZ Prince and Dazzle.
How does this apple taste, check out our scale from 1-10 on these attributes.
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I first tried this apple on June 24th. We are talking about 4 months off the tree. And I am not sure how long it had been sitting out on the grocery store display. The one that I had wasn't super crispy, but I don't think it's fair for me to weight in on the crispiness of this apple until I try more of them.
This is a sweet apple for sure, but a good sweet apple. It wasn't just sweetness, it has some flavor to it. The flavor starts out bright, and slightly fruity. It doesn't live a lingering sweetness in your mouth like a variety that is too sweet (Pink Sugar or Sweetie are examples).
I would say if you are a Gala apple fan, than this is one that is similar, so you should try it. In fact, it originated by chance from a branch of a Gala tree that was producing apples that weren't exactly Gala. The skin color to me looks like Gala would be one of it's parents. The shape of one of them I had looked similar to a Red Delicious, although there isn't anything I have read about it being one of it's parents. Since each are on the top list of apples grown in the world, a cross involving them is a possibility.
🍏 You might like this apple if you like - Gala, Fuji, Kiku, Jazz, Ambrosia
🙋 Are They Organic?
Yes, they do offer an certified USDA organically grown Premier Star apples. That is what I have had.
🛒 Where to Buy
As of this writing the only place I have found them was at the Fresh Market. If you know of any other locations, please leave a comment below.
Look for them in the United States in the late spring or summer. The bulk of the imported New Zealand apples don't show up until early summer typically, even if they were harvested months ago.
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