HISTORY OF THE Fuji apple
Fuji apples were actually developed in Japan in the 1930s at the Tohoku Research Station. They are a cross between the Red Delicious and the old Virginia Ralls Genet. This variety of apple was actually named after the town where the research lab resides, in Fujisaki.
ABOUT THE fuji APPLE
Did you know that fuji apples could last almost a year when refrigerated? They are one of the longest lasting apples today with the greatest shelf life, and even without refrigeration, they can last for several months. A fresh fuji apple will be firm and crisp, with a creamy-white flesh, and for you sweet apple lovers out there, the fuji apple is the sweetest apple on the planet! They have a golden yellow background color with reddish stripes, or even a reddish blush on the apple. No wonder they are so sweet! Did you know that almost 80% of the apples grown in China are the fuji apple variety? They were introduced to the United States in the 1980s, with a strong presence in the west coast, especially Washington state. In fact, over half of the fuji apples produced in the United States are grown in the state of Washington. So for you Generation X folks out there living in the west, chances are you grew up eating the fuji apple!
FLAVOR OF A fuji APPLE
Fuji apples are sweet to the taste. The sugar index on a fuji apple measures about 9-11% per weight, but there are some fuji apples that have been measured up to 18%. That is one sweet apple!
HOW TO USE YOUR fuji APPLES
Because Fuji apples have such a high endurance level, they are great for storage if you would like to have some last you through the winter. Much like the Gala apple, Fuji apples are work great in salads to add a little sweetness, and make a very good applesauce. In fact, mixed with some of Pyne Farms other variety of apples, the fuji apple is great for making cider.