Why you should be excited
Beni Shogun might as well have been named 'Early Fuji', so it’s definitely for lovers of sweet, crisp apples.
The story of Beni Shogun
While there’s plenty of difference of opinion between those who love sweet apples and those whose tastes run more to tart varieties, there’s less disagreement these days on the matter of texture. Our impression is that a large majority of apple fans choose crisp over soft ten times out of ten.
So it’s a good thing there were folks keeping a close eye on minor genetic variations (called 'sports') of the Fuji variety. They were looking for a version that would ripen in cooler climates while keeping the hard, crisp nature of Japan’s favourite variety. They found just such a sport and named it Beni Shogun.
We think the choice of name is far more interesting than the obvious other option: Early Fuji, which would at least have been factually accurate. More importantly for those living in cool climates like ours: here's a Fuji you won't need to worry about getting ripe, even in lesser growing years.
Beni Shogun Facts
Mutation found in Japan, 1992.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Juicy, with a distinctive aroma. Most of all, an intensely sweet apple.
A medium to large-sized apple with orange-red skin colouring on top of its yellow-green background.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in mid-October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider, but it's juicy and sweet, so can provide some useful bulk.
Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).