13 Oct 2012

New apple varieties for US market

4:41 pm on 13 October 2012

Several new varieties of apples are around - Ambrosia and Sweet Tango from the United States and a new New Zealand variety called Koru.

Country Life reports Koru was a chance seedling from Nelson so its parentage is under discussion.

It's a very sweet, blushy, attractive apple and is a sweeter than many New Zealand apples, so it should be popular in Asia and the US.

So far, 100 hectares have been planted.

And 200 hectares of Honey Crisp, which is also of American origin, have been planted, mainly in the South Island because it prefers cooler climates.

Honey Crisp is destined for the US in the off season there.

Country Life reports some of the new varieties may not be seen on domestic shelves for a while as they are mainly for export.