We have Japan to thank for the Fuji apple. One of America's favorite apples, the Fuji has been a familiar offering in produce departments since the 1980s. Although a relative latecomer, it consistently ranks in the top five most popular apples across the country. A blended variety developed in the 1960s, the Fuji is a cross between a Red Delicious and Ralls Jennet apple. The Ralls Jennet, or Genet, may have originated as a cutting offered as a gift to Thomas Jefferson by the then French minister to the United States, Edmund Charles Genet. You can begin to see the way apple cultivation has participated in historical events and crisscrossed international borders. There's nothing like a little travel to create an air of mystery and add to our appreciation of all that has gone into providing the variety we enjoy in seasonal produce.
- Color - Red and yellow
- Flavor - Sweet and very juicy
- Flesh - Crisp
- Best - Fresh
- Harvested - Starting in September