Jazz apple

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The Jazz apple is one of the most popular apple varieties in the world. But what makes this snappy apple such a favorite?

The Jazz apple is a club apple variety with a bicolor red and yellow peel. 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. The Jazz apple was bred in New Zealand and is now grown around the world.

Read on to learn all about the Jazz apple.

Jazz apples at the supermarket

Jazz apple basics

The Jazz apple, first developed in New Zealand, is a cross between Braeburn and Royal Gala apples – two other famous New Zealand apples. These two apples’ flavors combine to create that sweet but not overbearing flavor that makes Jazz such a favorite. The Jazz apple was developed by ENZA, or Eat New Zealand Apples.

The name “Jazz Apple” is more about branding than it is the actual name of the apple. This club apple branding allows ENZA to have quality control on these apples because the named product is easier to copyright. This apple has sometimes been called the lawyer’s apple because of how many regulations and legalities there are around them.

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What do Jazz apples look like?

Jazz apples have an orange-yellow background color to their peel that’s covered with a beautiful red blush that sometimes shows light red streaking. The exterior appearance is their main selling point in supermarkets because they look attractive and appetizing.

These apples are nice and round and fit well into your hand as opposed to some 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 cute size also makes them perfect lunchbox-sized apples for kids and adults alike.

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What do Jazz apples taste like?

The taste of a Jazz Apple is usually what really gets people hooked on them. They have a bold flavor that does not have “too much” of a sweet or sour taste.

Jazz apples have 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.

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Buying Jazz apples

Jazz apples are grown in both hemispheres and are therefore available year-round at supermarkets. They are available in most grocery stores for around $1 USD each and are cheaper to buy in bulk-sized bags (pictured below). A typical 3-pound bag may cost about $5, while a larger 10-pound bag might only be $10. 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.

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Growing Jazz apples

Jazz brand apple trees are protected by ENZA and production is reserved for commercial growers. Home gardeners cannot purchase one to put in their yards. This sweet apple variety and other “club” types of apples remain under patent.

If you like the flavor of Jazz apples, consider growing a similar sweet-tart variety such as Honeycrisp.

“JAZZ™ apples are responsibly grown under license from ENZA ™ by specially selected growers. Annual investment in Research and Development optimizes growing and storage practices. Technical support to supply chain partners ensures our best practices & stringent quality standards are consistently achieved. The T&G ™ Global model guarantees that JAZZ™ apples will be consistent in taste, texture and appearance.”

JAZZ™ Growers

When growing Jazz Apples, it takes 4 to 5 years before the tree begins producing fruit. Apples grown in the northern hemisphere are available in October through April, while the ones grown in the southern hemisphere fill the demands in March through September.

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, the United States, the UK, Switzerland, and Austria. This blend of countries is perfect because it allows them to be grown in both hemispheres.

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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.

Here are some tasty recipes for your Jazz Apples:

Check out a huge list of Jazz apple recipes on the Jazz apple website.

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Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a Master Gardener and founder of the gardening website Home for the Harvest. She has been featured by Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Mother Earth News, and the National Garden Bureau. Mary Jane lives with her family in the Okanagan Valley.