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Sekai Ichi Apples
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Sekai Ichi apples are very large— the largest specimens can grow up to two pounds! Their large size is accompanied by a round shape. The skin has a yellow background overlayed with red stripes and a pinkish-red blush, although some fruits are entirely red. The flavor is sweet but mild, with very little tartness. The texture is somewhat firm and juicy.
Sekai Ichi apples are available in the fall and early winter months.
Sekai Ichi apples (Malus domestica) are a Japanese variety that is known as one of the most expensive fruits in the world. They are a cross between the famous Delicious and Golden Delicious apples.
Apples of all varieties are particularly high in both dietary fiber and Vitamin C. An apple's nutrients are generally found in and directly under the skin, so eating an unpeeled apple is the way to get all of its health benefits.
Like many sweet apples, Sekai Ichis are used mainly for fresh eating rather than cooking and baking. Choose firm, unblemished fruits. They will keep for three to four months if properly stored in the refrigerator.
The name Sekai Ichi means "the best in the world," or "world's number one" in Japanese. These apples typically cost the equivalent of more than $20 each in stores. Their high price is due to the extra special care that many Sekai Ichi apples get, from their hand pollination to being washed with honey.
The first Sekai Ichis were bred in Morioka, Japan, and were introduced to the market in 1974. Today, they are still mainly grown in Japan.