The New Zealand Koru apple season is beginning. ( File photo )

With New Zealand shipments arriving in U.S. ports in mid-April, Koru apples are reaching markets across the country as May begins.

New Zealand sent its first commercial volumes of the Koru variety in 2013, with production and export volumes increasing each year, according to a news release.

This year’s total crop is estimated to reach about 7.2 million pounds.

“Being a new apple variety, many of the orchards have not yet reached maturity, so you can expect the volume of Koru apples to increase significantly over the next several years as these orchards come into full production,” Andy McGrath, variety manager, said in the release. “Also, U.S. plantings will produce good volumes from 2020, making Koru an all-year-round apple.”

The Koru variety was discovered as a chance seedling in a rose garden and is a cross between braeburn and fuji.

This year’s New Zealand crop is trending toward larger sizes, with 90% of the fruit in the 60-80 range, according to the release.

New Zealand picks its Koru apple crop in March, with sales extending from May to September. In the U.S., the Coast to Coast Growers Co-op produces Koru apples in Washington and New York, with apples picked in October and sales extending through April.

Koru apples imported from New Zealand are sold in the U.S. by Chelan Fresh, Chelan, Wash.; Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, Wenatchee, Wash.; and New York Apple Sales, Glenmont, N.Y.

Submitted by Mark on Mon, 05/14/2018 - 09:58

These are wonderful apples, the best I've eVer eaten. It's mid May and I haven't seen any in Columbus Ohio yet. Hopefully they'll be in this area soon!

Submitted by Darryl on Tue, 12/04/2018 - 15:47

Best apples ever!! So crisp and oh so very sweet!! Found these in our grocery store this fall for the first time. I'll be on the lookout for them from here on out.

Submitted by William on Tue, 01/22/2019 - 18:22

Our family has been wondering for the past three weeks which Apple is our favorite. We grabbed nine varieties from the local farmers market and this was our favorite of the nine. And yet, it didn’t place in any top website favorites.

Submitted by Gerald Sorensen on Fri, 03/22/2019 - 13:27

Had my first Koru apple today. There are far better apples on the market. The Koru begins to turn brown shortly after cutting it. There are others (Jazz, Envy to name a couple) that do not turn brown for hours after being cut. They are also much better tasting.

Submitted by Will on Thu, 05/23/2019 - 14:46

This apple tastes just like an apple from a seedling. Seedling apples are rejects that lack flavor and bitter your palate. It is indeed a cross between a Fuji and Braeburn, the dullest combination bite of the two.