First breed in the 1930s, this apple has grown to be one of the most popular apples sold around the world. Its lengthly storage abilities and crisp texture have certainly aided in its popularity. One of the first apples to come from the East to American markets- the Fuji was developed as a cross between a Red Delicious and Virginia Ralls Janet (Genet) at the Tohoku Research Station (TRS) in Fujisaki, Japan. The original Fuji tree is still standing in Morioka, Japan.
The skin is greenish yellow in color that blushes red when exposed to the sun. The sun helped develop streaks vertically along the ridges of the apple. The apple itself is large, round, and slight elongated. It is bright red with white flesh.
Fuji apples have a very long shelf life both with and without refrigeration. Lasting 4-6 months on the counter and almost a year with perfect refrigerated conditions, the Fuji is great for those Winter months when fresh produce gets expensive. Other uses include baking and cider production- the juice is very sweet. Another overlooked benefit of this apple is its impressive range being one of the few apples able to grow in Zone 9.
USDA Zone: 4-9
M.111: 18-22' or 85-100% of Standard; Semi-Dwarf
Antonovka: 20-25' or Standard Tree
Sun: Full Sun
Bloom Group: 4, Mid-Late Season
Ripening Time: Early September