Fruit is such a universal food that everyone can enjoy. One of the most popular kinds of fruit that is prominent all around the globe is the apple. There are so many varieties of apples and they all have slightly different tastes and appearances. Today, we are going to talk about the Jazz apple.
The Jazz apple is a New Zealand apple that is now grown and made available around the globe. Its crisp texture combined with a juicy and sweet flavor makes it very obvious why many people rate it as their favorite apple. It also has a beautiful coloration and shape.
This apple is particularly well-liked, so now you can understand why. We will explain every aspect of this apple from its rich origins to its modern-day availability and uses, so keep reading!
Jazz Apples Basics
The jazz apple is one of the most common apples that you eat and even though you have probably indulged in one, maybe you didn’t know it was a jazz apple. Here is the guide on what a jazz apple looks like and tastes like so the next time you eat one, you’ll know it.
The jazz apple has very interesting origins even though it might seem like apples don’t have interesting backstories. The jazz apple, first grown in New Zealand, is a cross between Braeburn and Royal Gala apples, two other New Zealand apples. These two apples’ flavors are what create that sweet but not overbearing flavor in the jazz apple.
This apple was made because of a collaboration with ENZA, or Eat New Zealand Apples, and this organization’s influence and regulations help make sure that wherever they are grown, jazz apples are protected from harmful chemicals so that they come to you as authentic and natural as possible.
The name “Jazz Apple” is more about branding than it is the actual name of the apple. The brand is what makes ENZA better able to have quality control laws on these apples because a product is easier to copyright than just a fruit. This apple has sometimes been called the lawyer’s apple because of how many regulations and legalities there are around them.
Like many apples, jazz apples are primarily red and maroon, but this beautiful fruit has a blend of oranges, greens, and yellows on the darker surface when it’s ripe. Their outside appearance is their main selling point in supermarkets because they look attractive and delicious. These apples are nice and round and fit well into your hand as opposed to all of the other more softball-sized apples. Jazz apples are rather small compared to other apples, but they sure pack a punch when it comes to taste.
The taste of a jazz apple is usually what really gets people hooked on them. They have a bold flavor that is not “too much” of anything. They are a perfect balance of sweet and a little tangy. They even have a little hint of pear flavor. When you bite into the apple, it is very crispy and full of juicy goodness. The inside flesh of a jazz apple is bursting with juice and flavor that satisfies without being overwhelming.
Growing Jazz Apples
While jazz apples were created and grown in New Zealand, they are not restricted to that country anymore. Jazz apples are grown and made available worldwide. In any of the other countries that they are grown in, ENZA is still diligent about keeping jazz apples pure and natural. The other countries they are grown in are Australia, France, Chile, Italy, United States, UK, Switzerland, and Austria. This blend of countries is perfect because it allows them to be grown in both hemispheres which has a lot of benefits.
Jazz apple trees are highly protected by ENZA so they are reserved for grocery stores and you cannot purchase one to put in your yard. When growing jazz apples, it takes 4 to 5 years before the tree begins producing fruit. Jazz apples are grown in both the northern and southern hemispheres, so they are available year-round. The ones grown in the northern areas are available in October through April while the ones grown in the south fill the demands in March through September.
Buying Jazz Apples
While jazz apple trees are not available for just anyone to buy, jazz apples are so widely available that you do not need to grow your own. As explained above, jazz apples are grown in both hemispheres so they are available year-round, every year. They are available in most grocery stores for a little over 1 USD each. They are relatively cheap and widely available, making this a great apple for the everyday consumer.
Storing these apples is not too difficult. While you can store them in a fruit bowl or basket on your kitchen counter, they have a longer and better shelf life if you store them in your refrigerator. They should be kept away from other fruits and vegetables to reduce the levels of ethylene, which speeds up aging in produce and keeps everything better for longer.
Recipes With Jazz Apples
Because of their balance of flavors, jazz apples are a great option for many recipes that require apples. Their sweetness lends itself to more savory dishes. They complement tuna salads very well so you can have them next to it or chopped up in the salad. Add them to nearly any salad for a little extra sweetness and crunch. They have a high nutritional value, so you will not regret sweetening your dishes with jazz apples.
On the sweeter side of things, jazz apples make a great option for baked goods as well. Because of their crispiness and firmness, they hold up really well in the oven. Use them in pies, crisps, tarts, and other pastries. You can also try pairing them with complementary cheeses and crackers on a charcuterie board as they have that perfect, low acidic sweetness that it needs.