Fuji apples are not the prettiest apples around – they’re not ugly like the lumpy mishapen Calville Blanc d’Hiver but more of a plain Jane type of apple. The skin is dull and they’re a nondescript apple colour. But as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover – these apples are much more than their outward appearance.
The Fuji is the offspring of the Red Delicious and a Rall’s Janet – both American apples. Red Delicious are fairly common here in New Zealand but Rall’s Jenet seems to be an American only variety. The Orange Pippin Tree Register has only 4 trees, all of which are in the United States. The Rall’s Janet goes by at least 30 other names and alternative spellings and a search under each of these names could well turn up a wider spread of this apple variety. However, this post is all about the Fuji not one of its parents. Before leaving the Rall’s Janet, a quick look at the Orange Pippin images shows that the Fuji get’s its looks from the RJ rather than the RD (a red delicious is quite a handsome apple). Continue reading