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Miki Life

Why you should be excited

Miki Life is a sweet and juicy variety from Japan, perfect for sweet freaks and to add bulk to cider.

The story of Miki Life

If you pay attention to differing tastes in apples across the world, you will not be surprised -- at all ---  to learn that Miki Life is a sweet apple that comes from Japan. Its parents are two other Japanese varieties: Senshu and the super-sweet Tsugaru.

No, you won't be surprised to learn that there's little acid in Miki Life, nor that it's sweet and juicy enough to be considered by some to be a cider apple -- firmly in the 'sweet' category, to provide lots of juice and a fair bit of sugar to enhance alcohol content.

Other than cider, this is a variety you may be interested in for fresh-eating if you crave other sweet Japanese apples, like Fuji.

Miki Life Facts

Its origins

Bred in Hirosaki City, Aomori, Japan, 1981.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The yellowish-white flesh is juicy, crisp, fairly firm and quite sweet, with mild apple flavour.

Appearance

This medium-sized apple is round and brilliant red in colour.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating and cider.

Quality for cider

Good, as a provider of bulk and alcohol to cider blends.

Keeping ability

So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).