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Sweet and light and red all over

Red and delicious ... Kalei apples.

Red and delicious ... Kalei apples.

Move over Pink Lady and Granny Smith, a new apple is set to hit the market and it promises to be loveable.

The Kalei apple was launched in Brisbane on Thursday after a 20-year breeding program at Applethorpe, southwest of Brisbane.

It takes its name from the word for "loveable" in Hawaiian and Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh is smitten.

Mr McVeigh, who picked some of the first crop himself, says it's sweeter than other apples on the market and likened the taste to a Delicious.

"It's sweet and crunchy and that's the number one thing in my mind when you're eating an apple," he told AAP.

The part red, part speckled apple will also last longer than other Aussie apples, retaining its firmness, texture and crispness for up to three weeks.

It is also resistant to apple scab, a major fungal disease that costs Australian growers more than $10 million annually in lost production and chemical control.

It was developed through cross-pollination and without the use of chemicals or genetic engineering.

The Department of Agriculture's Dr Simon Middleton says the Kalei will provide Queensland's apple growers with a consistent yield and cashflow, helping to boost the $40 million-dollar-a-year industry.

It is hoped Kalei's ability to produce high early yields of top quality fruit will make it a market leader.

It is due to hit Australian supermarkets and international markets within two years.


5 comments so far

  • Never mind waiting two years until it arrives in the supermarkets ... where can I buy some trees NOW and what pollinators does it need? What is its cold rating? (i.e. will it grow in sub-tropical NSW?) More info please.

    Date and time
    May 07, 2012, 7:54PM
    • Speaking of Golden Delicious, why can you never find these in the store? Does nobody grow them anymore? I saw them once a few weeks back, thought it was Christmas, and not seen them since!

      Date and time
      May 07, 2012, 11:48PM
      • I UK they are known as golden disgustings as they are such terrible apples. Anyone know where you can get a Cox's Orange Pippin, probably the most delicious apple of all time?

        Date and time
        May 08, 2012, 8:50AM
    • The sweetest and crunchiest apple I enjoy is the Royal Gala. You do need to smell it though before you purchase to ensure that sweetness is there. I never know for sure, but I think they are frozen sometimes. That tends to kill their sweet crisp spirit.

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      May 08, 2012, 9:12AM
      • I hate sweet fruit. This constant drive to make fruit sweeter and sweeter is ensuring that I'm eating less and less of it. How about some tart varieties for those of us who like fruit, not fructose! Even granny smiths are no longer tart.

        Date and time
        May 08, 2012, 2:34PM

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