Did you know there are over 7,500 different apple varieties throughout the world? Many of these varieties are considered chance seedlings. Discovered in the middle of an already established orchard, their parentage is often unidentifiable. Others, however, are definite cross pairings of two distinguished varieties.
Each year, we taste test numerous new varieties to determine what will be the next apple everyone will love – and we’re not the only ones! In addition to the United States, many parts of the world are doing the exact same thing.
Our Newest Apple Variety
Enter, the Cheekie. A cross pairing of a Granny Smith and a Splendour. This particular apple is a proprietary variety of Freshco and it originated in New Zealand. It is through Freshco’s partnership with Sage Fruit Company that Cheekie apples are now available to U.S. consumers.
New Zealand’s growing is very similar to those in Washington. With a unique combination of warm summer sunshine, crisp winter frosts and clean pure waters, the apples ripen slowly, naturally, and with the absolute minimum of human intervention.
Characteristics of Cheekie
This variety is a crisp and juicy apple with a dark red blush. Additionally, it has a wonderful, distinctive flavor. Described as being slightly tropical, with a hint of passion fruit that is accompanied by an ever-so-slight tartness, it is sure to please the taste buds.
Be sure to look for them at your local supermarket!