Why you should be excited
Hawaii is a tasty combination of Gravenstein and Golden Delicious, which some say tastes like pineapple.
The story of Hawaii
Golden Delicious takes a lot of flak for the vast space it takes up in grocery stores, which could be made available to a diversity of more interesting varieties.
Some of Golden Delicious’ offspring would be worthy candidates to take over such space. Exhibit A: Hawaii, an apple combining the best attributes of its parents (Golden Delicious and Gravenstein).
Fans are thrilled by the explosion of flavours, some say these even include a hint of pineapple.
Not always beautiful, Hawaii’s taste more than compensates.
Bred in Sebastapol, California, USA, 1945 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crisp textured fruit has a distinctive and assertive fruity flavour that some say includes hints of pineapple.
Large yellow apple, sometimes with pinkish-orange striping.
When they’re available
Late season (usually mid-October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known as a cider apple.
Good (3 months or even longer when kept cold).