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
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.
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
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating and cider.
Quality for cider
Good, as a provider of bulk and alcohol to cider blends.
So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).