The 12-week Kanzi apple season has kicked off.
The world’s third best-selling apple, and number one in Europe, the Kanzi in Australia is never frozen or stored, but always fresh.
“It’s a great apple to grow and even better to eat,” said grower Ian Cathels from Ardrossan Orchards in Batlow.
“We hand pick and package the Kanzi and the key is to pick them at the exact point of ripeness. It has been a pretty hot season across most of Australia this year, so they’re actually coming to market several weeks before we expected. Regardless, they taste great.”
With a shiny reddish and blush hue and its distinctive sweet-tart balance of flavour, the Kanzi has been planted in more than 30 orchards from Queensland to Western Australia to Tasmania and plenty of places in between, and growers think it might soon become Australia’s favourite.
The demand for these apples is growing at an incredible rate, according to Nicole Giblett of Newton Bros Orchards in W.A..
“Last year, just over an additional 100,000 trees were planted for Kanzi. This year, we are on track to plant another 90,000 trees in 2016,” said Giblett.
“Although we have more apples available this year than last, close to double the volume in fact, we also have significant interest from retailers and expect to sell out within the 12-week season. “
Kanzi apples are available now in Woolworths, Costco, IGA and independent retailers nationwide, Coles in NSW, VIC and WA, and in NSW, Aldi stores.