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The skin of the New Zealand Queen apple is deep red-crimson color with some scattered russetting on the outside. Inside, the apple’s flesh is white in color and fine-grained in texture. Similar to many other modern apple varieties, the New Zealand Queen apple has characteristics that are currently popular with consumers—crisp, very juicy, and sweet, although the New Zealand Queen is fairly moderate in its sweetness. The flavor of this variety also has subtle notes of pear and banana, with a light, fruity aroma to compliment the flavor.
New Zealand Queen apples are available in spring through early fall.
New Zealand Queen apples are a modern variety of apple (Malus domestica) resulting from a cross between the Gala and Splendor. They are grown primarily in New Zealand, and are sometimes referred to simply as Queen apples. They are particularly popular in Asian markets today, having been exported from New Zealand.
Apples such as the New Zealand Queen are made up of carbohydrates and water, along with both soluble and insoluble fiber, which are beneficial for digestive health. Apples also contain Vitamin C, potassium, and a variety of antioxidants.
New Zealand Queen apples are primarily a dessert variety, good for eating as a snack, fresh out of hand, or in a salad. They are also good for juicing. Chill in the refrigerator for the best taste and texture. Pair with other fruit such as bananas or pears in fruit salads, slice into green salads, or dip into nut butters for a snack. New Zealand Queen apples are a good keeping variety and will keep longer in cool, dry storage such as the refrigerator.
Apples have been grown in New Zealand since the early 1800s, and were introduced by early European colonizers. They are grown for domestic consumption as well as export and processing into other products. Most apples in New Zealand are grown in the Hawke’s Bay and Nelson areas.
The New Zealand Queen apple was developed in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand, a primary apple growing area in that country. Queen apples grow well in temperate climates such as New Zealand.