Envy Apples: Sweet, Red Apples With A Coveted Crunch

Looking for the perfect all-round classic big red apple? The Envy™ apple might just be your pick!

Envy™ apples are beautiful to behold, with their classic red colouring and round shape. The flavour is sweet and the texture is crisp, providing a satisfying crunch when eaten fresh. Envy apple flesh is also very slow to brown when cut, making it perfect for apple slices and salads.

There’s quite a few reasons that Envy™ apples have caught on so quickly. Read on to learn all about these coveted cultivars.

Envy Apples - Apples Ripening on Tree

Development of Envy™ Apples

Envy apples were developed in New Zealand. Envy™ is the trademarked brand name for an apple tree variety named ‘Scilate’. The Scilate/Envy™ apple was bred in 1985 by the crown corporation Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Limited (now part of the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research).

“The new variety was selected from a population of seedlings derived from crossing the apple varieties ‘Royal Gala’ and ‘Braeburn’. The cross was made in 1985 on trees located on land controlled by the Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Limited at Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.”

Apple tree variety named ‘Scilate’, US Patent US20080209602P1
red Envy TM apple held in hand

The Envy apple has famous parents! The Royal Gala apple is one of the most-grown apples in the world, and is known for its excellent crisp, sweet taste. The Braeburn is known for its balanced sweet-tart taste, as well as its storage ability and perfect cooked texture in pies and tarts.

Like Envy, both of these parent apples are from New Zealand. The Gala was developed as a seedling in the 1930’s while the Braeburn was discovered as a chance seedling in the 1950’s.

The Envy apple was created with natural cross-pollination of these previously-discovered named culitvars. The Envy apple is not genetically-modified (it is not GMO).

“Envy™ was born in New Zealand through natural plant-breeding methods, crossing Braeburn with Royal Gala apples, by Plant & Food Research. T&G Global, who now owns the trademark for Envy™, first planted it in New Zealand a decade ago. Soon after, T&G planted Envy™ in the USA and the company now expects to harvest more than two million cartons in the USA by 2020 alone.”

Kiwi Apple Remains ‘Envy’ of Others in USA, T&G Global

What Do Envy Apples Taste Like?

Envy™ apples are sweet with a well-balanced hint of crisp tartness. The taste is reminiscent of a gourmet asian pear, with aromatic notes of florals and vanilla. The sweet flavour is a lovely contrast to the dense, crunchy texture.

Envy apples have thick red skin with yellow flecks down the sides. This peel helps to give them that satisfying “crunch” when you bite into them.

Bin of envy apples at supermarket

Where Are Envy Apples Grown?

Envy™apples are grown in both hemispheres, making them available for purchase year-round. Here are some of the main growing areas for Envy apples:

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Chile
  • USA
  • UK
  • France
hand holding an envy apple on a patio

Harvest Season for Envy Apples

Envy™ apples ripen late in the apple growing season in comparison to some other varieties. In their native New Zealand, Envy apples are typically harvested in April. These late-season apples typically ripen in October when grown in northern-hemisphere regions such as Washington state. Actual harvest dates vary by region and by weather conditions in a given year.

Envy™ apples are in season year-round as they are grown in many different areas of the world. If you’re in North America, look for fresh Washington-grown apples in autumn/winter and fresh New Zealand-grown apples in spring/summer.

Fresh in April

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Chile

Fresh in October

  • USA
  • UK
  • France
  • Italy
price tag for envy apples at grocery store

Tips for Buying Envy Apples

Envy™ apples typically have fairly high quality control due to their limited distribution. Look for apples with no visible bruising for the longest potential shelf life.

Envy apples are large, about 3 inches (8 cm) across. They often weigh 8 oz (0.5 lb, 225 g). There are generally two Envy apples in one pound. Envy™ apples cost about $2.50 per pound ($5.50 per kg). A single apple might cost $1.25 when purchased at the grocery store.

Weight of an envy apple
One pound of envy apples on a scale - weight shown

What to Make With Envy Apples

Envy apples are incredibly versatile in recipes. They have all the all-round benefits of Royal Gala, plus the perfect apple-pie-crunch texture of Braeburn. And then there’s the fact that it takes about 8 hours for them to turn brown after being sliced. They really are enviable!

Baking with Envy Apples

Envy apples are great for baking, as they combine the sweetness of Gala apples with the texture of Braeburns. Use them all on their own, or combine them with other types for a varied texture.

Envy Apple Recipes

Here are some recipes for making with your Envy apples:

Substitute for Envy Apples

When looking for a substitute for Envy™ apples, look first to their sibling, the Jazz™ apple. Jazz apples can be used in recipes in the same way that their larger relatives can. For fresh eating, both Ambrosia and Honeycrisp are excellent. And Ambrosia are slow to brown like Envy! Yum :)

Envy Apple Website: https://envyapple.com/en/

Envy Apples on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EnvyApples/

Envy™ is a trademark of T&G Global.

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Mary Jane

Mary Jane is a home gardener who loves creating healthy, welcoming spaces (indoors and out!) - About Mary Jane (https://www.homefortheharvest.com/authors/about-mary-jane-duford/)

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