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.

Hawaii Facts

Its origins

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.

Keeping ability

Good (3 months or even longer when kept cold).