Oppenheimer Group brings Envy apple to U.S. - The Packer

Oppenheimer Group brings Envy apple to U.S.

04/26/2011 11:06:24 AM
Pamela Riemenschneider

Courtesy The Oppenheimer Group

MONTREAL — New Zealand-based Enza is bringing the Envy apple to the North American market in a larger scale this season.

Marketed by The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, Envy comes from the same cross, royal gala and braeburn, as the company’s Jazz apple.

Jazz has a lighter color and yellow accents, and Envy is a deep red color, especially popular with Asian markets, said Tim Jacometti, export manager for Delica Global, Torrance, Calif.

“This apple has consistently the same flavor,” Jacometti said. “That’s what Asia really wants — a bright, red large crisp apple that stores well.”

David Nelley, pipfruit category manager for The Oppenheimer Group, said the Envy’s larger size appeals to more consumers.

“These are peaking on 80s, where Jazz peaks at 100,” he said. “This also is appealing to retailers.”

Envy’s New Zealand season is June and July and the Washington fruit is available in November and December.

Quantities are limited, Nelley said. The apples are shipping to select retailers in western Canada and Northern California.

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carol carley    
seattle, wa  |  September, 11, 2011 at 04:01 PM

Will the Washington envy apples also be sold in Washington? November is the correct date? I loved the New Zealand envy and can hardly wait for the Washington. Thank you!

Sharon Medvitz    
Warrenton, VA 20187  |  September, 13, 2011 at 06:40 PM

This is the best apple I have ever eaten. Please make this available in our state. Harris Teeder carried them for a brief time, but out of season now. I would gladly pay to order a flat by mail if possible so don't forget us - Virginia was at one time the apple capital of the USA. Envy apple is proof that we have fallen by the wayside.

Bernita Hackney    
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971  |  October, 15, 2011 at 02:14 PM

I am interested in buying Envy apples. They are delicious!!! How much does it cost to ship them to Rehoboth, DE?

carol carley    
seattle, wa  |  October, 17, 2011 at 09:39 AM

Are the Washington envy apples still scheduled to arrive at Safeway stores in November? Also, do you do mail order for these apples? Thank you!!

Karin Gardner of The Oppenheimer Group    
Bismarck, ND  |  October, 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM

So glad you enjoyed Envy from NZ...the Washington crop is small but you should see the apple in your store in November!

ephrata wa  |  October, 25, 2011 at 01:28 AM

I have a friend who grows these and I'm wondering if they make a good apple sauce???

kuala Lumpur, malaysia  |  November, 25, 2011 at 03:24 AM

By any chance of USA Envy reaching the shores of malaysia or Singapore. The Envy apples taste fantastic

Beth Cheatham    
Franklin, VA  |  May, 03, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I first tasted these apples when I was visiting the outer banks in North Carolina. I was in a Harris Teeter grocery store. They had some samples on a tray and I tried one. I ended up buying 4 lbs. They were the best apples I've ever had and I haven't been able to find them since. I live close to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Can someone tell me where I can buy these apples near me? Or where I can purchase them and have them shipped?

United States  |  August, 08, 2012 at 01:07 PM

This is a genetically modified apple, isn't it? That doesn't sound any good to me. :-(

Chris Koger    
August, 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM

Melissa, That's incorrect. It is not genetically modified. Chris Koger News Editor

Barb Austin    
Colorado  |  September, 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Please ship some of those delicious apples to Colorado. I bought the last four that our Safeway had from New Zealand. Thank you for your consideration to this request.

Emily Horton    
St. Louis, Missouri, USA  |  September, 11, 2012 at 06:47 PM

Purchased 4 Envy apples in St. Louis, yesterday, Sept. 10, 2012. Sweet? Check, wonderfully sweet. Crispy and crunchy? Check, wonderful crunch. Great apple flavor? No, not even a hint of apple flavor. The same effect could be achieved by dipping a raw, peeled Irish potato in refined sugar. Won't buy anymore.

Kansas City  |  September, 12, 2012 at 09:40 AM

I was in Estes Park Colorado 2 weeks ago, I bought 4 of them at the Safeway there. These were the best apples that I've ever had... I can only hope that these Envy apples arrive in KS soon. Thanks for a wonderful fruit.

Rosaland McLeish    
Indiana  |  September, 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM

This absolutely the best apple I have ever eaten. I got them at Meijer in Indianapolis and when I went back for more, they did not have them.

September, 12, 2012 at 08:21 PM

I have just been introduced to these apples. Just happened to pick a couple up at our Wal-Mart.

Mexico  |  September, 17, 2012 at 09:18 PM

this lecture is like walking by crowded a pastry shop; I want some!

September, 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

so, if it's not gmo, how was it created??

jerry bailey    
youngstown ohio  |  September, 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM

the sams store has them now at least in youngstown they are the best apples i eaten

Chicago  |  September, 23, 2012 at 02:08 AM

You can create new apples types without genetic modification. You take one apple tree that has a good taste, and another apple tree that has the color you're looking for...and you rub them together so they pollinate. BAM! Their offspring has the characteristics of both. It's not that hard of a concept!

Illinois  |  September, 27, 2012 at 07:15 PM

Are the trees available to a U-pick orchard? Is this a club apple?

Columbia, MD  |  October, 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM

To create new plants or animals, you can cross-breed (pug + beagle = puggle) or you can force one organism's DNA into another (dog spliced with bird = dog with wings). The Envy apple is just like a puggle. Or a plumcot (plum and apricot) for that matter. Perfectly safe :)

seattle, wa  |  November, 09, 2012 at 06:21 PM

well, you missed out! maybe your retailer didn't store them properly. they have an amazing flavor that is sweet and floral, but not cloying. great with gouda or goat cheeses and amazing in pies and tarts. (believe it or not, i don't work for oppenheimer... i'm just an enthusiastic cook-slash-produce manager!)

Earl Worthington    
Atlanta, GA area  |  November, 12, 2012 at 08:08 PM

I found some marketed as a "new apple" in a Sams Club grocery. These were from NZ. This is the best apple I have ever eaten. Where can I find them in the Atlanta area? I saved the seed from one. If these germinate and produce trees, will the fruit be the same as Envy?

The Oppenheimer Group  |  November, 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Hi Earl, the Washington-grown Envy will be available at Sam's Club in your area toward the end of the month.

Janice Summers    
Winter Haven, Florida  |  April, 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

The Envy apple is the best apple I have ever had. I, as well as others were searching the Publix Market to purchase more envy apples and they were out. Said they wouldn't have any more until next season. I can't imagine being out in the height of the apple season. Can I purchase these apples anywhere else? If so where. Can I have them shipped to my home address? Thank you for your assistance.

Vancouver, BC  |  May, 18, 2013 at 02:07 AM

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that a tree grown from an apple seed will end up producing fruit similar to the apple from which the seed was taken. The only 100% sure way to do that is to create a clone, by splicing a shoot from the original tree onto a root-stock tree.

ohio  |  July, 18, 2013 at 06:17 PM

I wish I could find this apple in Ohio. I first tried it last year in homestead, Fl. One of the best apples I have ever tasted very good flavor. It also didn't turn brown when cut up and placed in zip lock bag. If anyone knows where I can locate this apple please let me know.

california  |  August, 06, 2013 at 10:53 PM

How did cross breeding make these apples not discolor when cut?? Smacks of GMOs to me.

j sokol    
NY  |  September, 09, 2013 at 05:49 AM

LOVE the Apples but............. I am wondering what was done to make the NOT turn brown after they are cut? How much pesticide is used in NEw Zealand on apples. I never eat Non-Organic apples but I am making an exception because they are so wonderful! Thanks

Chris Miller    
Milpitas, CA  |  October, 01, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I planted some seeds from Envy Apples in August, 2012. The trees are still short, but look healthy. Maybe I'll report back in a few years on how they do.

Cali  |  January, 04, 2014 at 05:39 PM

I think I too have cross pollinated..... I now have 3 unGMO offsprings! We took one with looks and one with brains and rubbed em together and BAM!! Best of both worlds, smart beauty's! Ok but seriously best apple ever!

Chile  |  February, 07, 2014 at 09:23 PM

Envy apples = not GMO. Btw they are tasty :) Tbh though I wish they were..I would sincerely love to try an apple variety created through genetic engineering

Fort Bragg  |  March, 11, 2014 at 07:46 AM

It truly is the best apple I've ever eaten. I've been on a two year campaign to have them carried in my city in North Carolina and have finally succeeded! It's like a forbidden fruit! No other apple tastes the same after you've had an envy. It changes you.

Lee Ann Bennett    
April, 09, 2014 at 11:38 PM

If everyone in the world tried this irresistible apple, there would be no other, the doctor would definitely stay away and there would be no need for chocolate-this is sweeter!!! I absolutely love, love, love these sweet desires apples!!!! I did purchase at the Sams Club at Hanes Mill Rd in Winston-Salem North Carolina & then they were gone within a month, I would have bought a big flat if i knew i could not get them again. If you know of somewhere within winston-salem nc or close to that area that carry your superb apples please contact me by email or if you sale your apples online again Please Contact Me!!!! Thanks, Lee Ann Bennett

Johnny Curameng    
Las Vegas, NV  |  September, 04, 2014 at 01:23 PM

Is there any produce market here in Las Vegas, NV selling New Zealand "Envy" apples? I just came from a few days vacation in Vancouver, Canada and I was introduced to this crispy sweet apple from New Zealand, and I must say, it's definitely way better than Fuji apple which I frequently buy from grocery stores here in Las Vegas. "Envy" apple is so sweet and so crispy, and juicy.

S Knight    
Monterey CA  |  September, 15, 2014 at 10:04 AM

The absolute best apple I have ever tasted, they almost taste like apple/pear, delicious and I hope we get them often.

September, 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Sams Club has Envy apples now. I just brought 8 bags last weekend! :)

Pat Higdon    
Pahrump, Nevada  |  October, 06, 2014 at 05:12 PM

Best thing I have ever tasted. Desparately want some more! Please post a location near me or would love to order on line if possible.

Arkansas  |  November, 06, 2014 at 04:31 PM

This is the best tasting apple I have ever eaten, period. I want a few trees to plant for my family.

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