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The Koru apple is on the large side, with an attractive orange-red color over a yellow background. The shape is squat with some ribbing and russeting around the stem. Koru is sweet, juicy, and crunchy, like many of the newest apple varieties. The taste is complexly sweet, with subtle tartness and notes of honey, orange juice, spice, and vanilla. It has also been described as cidery, due to its juiciness.
Koru apples are available in late spring through summer.
Koru apples are a modern New Zealand variety of Malus domestica. They are an accidental cross between Fuji and Braeburn, with characteristics of each. Koru is a brand name for the apple cultivar Plumac. It is currently sold by McGrath Nurseries in New Zealand, and by New York Apple Sales, Borton Fruit, and Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in the United States.
Apples have few calories but many important nutrients. A medium-sized apple contains less than a hundred calories, yet almost 20% of the daily recommended value of fiber, and almost 15% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Apples also contain antioxidants and phytochemicals, important in preventing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Like the Koru’s parents, this apple is a good all-around variety. Korus keep their shape when baked, making them good for pies. They are also slow to brown once cut, so they are ideal in salads or snacks. They pair well with traditional apple spices like cinnamon and brown sugar, especially since they are excellent baking apples. Korus are good savers, and can be kept up to four months in the refrigerator.
The Koru apple has gone through quite a few names since it was discovered. It was first referred to as the Kotabaru apple, in the Maori language of New Zealand. The variety was then called Plumac, but marketed under the name Koru. That name is also Maori, referring to an unfurling fern frond. Koru symbolizes new life and growth. The colors chosen for Koru branding also echo Maori culture, using red, black, and white.
Geoff Plunkett discovered Koru as a chance seedling in 1998 near Nelson, New Zealand. Plunkett and his family believed the seedling grew from an apple his wife’s mother threw into the garden. They began to be commercially available in 2013. Today, about 85% of the Koru apples in the US are imported from New Zealand. However, they also grow in the Northwest and Northeast of the United States. The number of Koru apples available to market has steadily grown over the past few years, as more people have discovered them. Some growers think it has the potential to have a larger presence on grocery shelves, much like the modern variety Honeycrisp.
Recipes that include Koru Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Koru Apples||Koru and Pear Smoothie|
|Koru Apples||Koru Blueberry Pie|
|Koru Apples||Koru Carrot and Ginger Smoothie|
|Koru Apples||Koru Curry|
|Copy Me That||Koru Apple Crisp|
|Koru Apples||Alma's KORU® Pudding|
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