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Pinata Apples – Have YOU tried ’em yet?

Recently a box of apples arrived at my door.  (I love it when I get the opportunity to review REAL food!).  They were all neatly packaged and delivered right to my doorstep.  When I opened the box I was surprised to find these beautiful apples – a slight bit unusual in color.  They are the new Pinata Apples..we’ll new to me any way.  They actually originated in 1970 after researchers in Germany crossed Golden Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin (giving them their vibrant orange-ish color), and the Duchess of Oldenburg varieties.  This apple was released in 1986 to be sold commercially in Europe.  Now Stemilt Growers in Washington holds the exclusive rights to grow and market this variety in the United States under the name “Pinata.”

Stemilt grows and packs the Pinata apples under the Responsible Choice program, which ensures that the apples are grown using sustainable farming practices.

Pinata apples are stripy red over an orange background.  They have a blend of high sugar and high acid levels giving it a tangy taste.  It is super crispy and juicy and has a slight tropical “fruity” taste.  We thought the apples were tart which would make it especially great for baking.  Also, it adapts well to cooking temperatures and since the apples aren’t released until January it makes it the perfect apple for baking with in the cold months when you welcome a warm oven in your home!

Want to give ’em a taste test yourself?  Pinata apples are available at Walmart!  They will be around in January and February so get ’em while you can!

Learn more about Pinata Apples at www.pinataapple.com or www.facebook.com/pinataapple

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  1. I sure if I’ve ever bought Pinata apples, but my children eat apples just about as much as they breathe. I can’t keep a bag of apples in my house for longer than 2 days. There’s always a fresh batch of them in a basket on my counter and my kids fight over who will get to eat the most. I’ll have to look in the store for these Pinata apples.

  2. Sorry, I meant to say “I’m NOT sure if I’ve ever bought Pinata…..” (typing too fast)

  3. You can get them at Sprouts now as well

  4. Just had my first one, very good. I keep them in the frig, makes for a nice cold snack! Yum

  5. Just had my first one, Yum!

  6. Just purchased a Pinata apple at a Harris Teeter store in Maple Lawn in MD on April 27th. In looks and shape, you can see the Delicious influence. Skin color is very pretty, streaked by light red and yellow.

    Googled to find out more since I’d never heard of this variety.

    The price sticker said “Sp…lt PINATA!” with price code 3435 (which rang up at $2.99/lb), apple weighed in at 0.52lb, and I picked one of the smaller apples. Also label was marker for sale in USA and E-U, with a Facebook scan code. (I don’t have that app on my phone)

    Firmer and crisper than a Golden Delicious. Not as sweet as a Gala, rather in the medium range of the sweetness scale. Skin was a bit tough to chew. Texture probably lends itself to cooking, but the price is a bit high for use in pies or applesauce, might make a nice baked apple or dumpling.

    However, as I finish my apple, I am not sure I’d purchase more at this price as the Pink Lady is the same price and to me preferable.

    Nice site, Diane!

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