Apples don’t need to be large.
I see advertisements in stores talking about extra large Honeycrisp apples or JUMBO apples.
To me, bigger is not better when it comes to apples.
I like a smaller apple.
Because I actually like the skin. When I bite into a small apple I can get skin in each and every bite. Plus I think often the flavor of super large apples can be disluted. Now this isn’t always the case, but it can be with some apples. I have had large apples that were quite good too. I just missed getting skin in each bite.
Stocking up on small apples is always on my radar. My favorite small apple is the Chestnut Crab. It’s actually large for crap apple-sake. It’s an apple that is sweet with enough tartness and has a great, nutty flavor.
Sadly those apples are only available for a limited time in the fall and pretty much only at farmer’s market here in the Midwest. That is why I am excited to be talking about the apple in today’s post – the Rockit. This is a small apple that is available in grocery stores like Walmart nationwide.
What is a Rockit Apple?
Let me give you a little background history on the Rockit apple – they originated from New Zealand as a cross between Gala and Gala Splendor apples. The apple naturally grows this size. They aren’t just packing small Gala apples as Rockit, it’s a unique variety.
The apples were first shipped out of New Zealand in 2010. Rockit is now also grown in the Pacific Northwest. Those apples can be found in stores in the last fall and winter months.
What Do Rockit Apple Taste Like?
The Rockit apple is a sweet apple, which you would expect from all of it’s Gala DNA! It is crisp as well. I think they hold their crispiness longer in stores than Gala apples do, which give the m a huge leg up and why if you are a sweet apple fan, you should chose Rockit over Gala in the winter.
The first Rockit apples I have were from New Zealand. Unfortunately by the time I found them in the store, they were not in their prime. The apples were too soft.
Rockit Apples in Unique Packaging
Out of all the apples on the market, Rockit comes in the most unique packaging. I have seen them in what looks like a container that tennis balls come in. Or in the pail that you saw the lid for at the top of this blog post. My middle daughter decided to save the pail and use it with some of her toys. So we recycled it!
Where to Find Rockit Apples?
I have mentioned this on a couple other apple post already this year, but I can’t help but again share my excitement for the fruit locator on Chelan Fresh’s website.
The locator gives you specific information on when apple shipments arrived at stores. You can track where they are going and get an idea of whether or not they may them in stock (you can always call a store to confirm).
Have you tried this apple? What did you think? Leave a comment below telling us. Be a helper and share where you found it. You may make someone’s day with your insider info on where to get them!
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