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Kiku apples are known for their sweetness. On a scale of tart to sweet in terms of taste, Kiku apples are one of the sweetest apples available today. They are crisp and juicy with a firm flesh, like its Fuji apple parent. These apples are ruby red with light colored stripes, similar to a Gala. Kiku apples are large, and can grow to be up to five inches in diameter.
Kiku apples are available almost year-round, from mid-fall to late summer.
Kiku apples (Malus domestica) are considered by some to be the sweetest apple in the world. Apple sweetness is measured on the Brix scaleāwhile most apples have a Brix of 12 to 14%, Kiku apples are higher, at 16 to 17%. Kiku is a trademarked name sold by only a handful of growers worldwide. It is considered a āsportā (or natural mutation) of the Fuji, different mostly in appearance and size.
Apples are a very nutritionally-valuable food, with plenty of important nutrients such as dietary fiber, Vitamins C and B, and boron. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in apples are key to preventing chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Apples do not contain sodium, fat, or cholesterol, and are low in calories.
Eat Kiku apples fresh, out-of-hand or add slices to salads or a grilled cheese sandwich. They also pair well with peanut butter as a snack. The crisp apples can be used for pies and tarts; their shape holds up well when cooked. Kiku apples make a naturally sweet applesauce. These late season apples keep wellāat least three monthsāin the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.
The name Kiku is Japanese for āchrysanthemum,ā playing on the roots of this appleās origin in Japan.
Kiku apples were discovered in 1990 by Louis Braun, an Italian apple grower who found them growing on a Fuji apple tree in a Japanese orchard. He noticed a red sport, a natural mutation on an apple tree that causes a branch to grow with fruit that look different than the rest. Braun bought the rights to the apple and began growing it in Italy. The sweet Kiku was introduced to the US Market in 2010. Today, select growers around the world have permission to grow these sweet apples. Though primarily grown in Italy, they are also grown by CMI in Washington State, Applewood Orchards in Michigan, and Rice Fruit Company in Pennsylvania. Imports to the United States come from Chile and New Zealand. They grow well in warmer climates.
Recipes that include Kiku Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
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Trader Joe'sNear La Jolla, California, United States
1640 Garnet Ave San Diego Ca 92109
About 7 days ago, 11/13/19
CMI OrchardsNear Garden Grove, California, United States
2525 Euclid Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801
About 32 days ago, 10/19/19
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Central Markets & Fisheries Organization S.A. / Farmers MarketNear Athens, Attiki, Greece
Tzon Kennenti, Agios Ioannis Rentis
About 195 days ago, 5/09/19
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Central market of Athens- GreeceNear Athens, Attiki, Greece
Central market Athens - Greece
About 225 days ago, 4/09/19
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Bristol Farms La Jolla Near La Jolla, California, United States
About 229 days ago, 4/05/19
midtown market Near St. Charles, Missouri, United States
About 288 days ago, 2/04/19
Near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
About 289 days ago, 2/03/19
Rio VistaCA Near Vacaville, California, United States
About 558 days ago, 5/11/18
Sharer's comments : Kiku Apples spotted at Rio VistaCA. Lira's Supermarket
Piggly Wiggly Near Platteville, Wisconsin, United States
About 644 days ago, 2/14/18