Why you should be excited
Hokuto is the world’s heaviest apple (so say the Guiness people) and it’s also crisp and super-sweet.
The story of Hokuto
Modestly popular in Japan, this offspring of Fuji and Mutsu combines the crisp texture of the former with the large size and round shape of the latter and the sweetness of both.
It’s a bruiser: in 2005, a Hokuto apple weighing in at 1,849 grams (more than four pounds) was registered with the Guiness World Records as the world’s heaviest apple.
It’s also considered to be an apple of excellent quality.
If you’re a fan of sweet apples, work up a good-sized appetite and give a great big Hokuto a try.
Bred at Aomori Apple Experiment Station, Japan, 1983 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Pale yellow flesh with high sugar and excellent flavour.
Really big and round in shape, with red stripes on a yellowish background.
When they’re available
Late season (usually late October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not known as a cider apple but it could provide lots of bulk -- and sugar -- in a cider blend.
Good (2 months when kept cold).