Why you should be excited
Mutsu is one heck of a big green apple. Large enough to make its Japanese breeders proud.
The story of Mutsu
Why do those adept apple breeders at Morioka, Japan have such an issue with size?
It’s difficult not to notice: Fuji, Shizuka, Orin, Tsugaru, Hokuto –- and especially Mutsu. All of them are great big apples. Most of them are also sweet, sometimes to the extreme, although Mutsu has a nice balance between sweet and sour.
And to most North American palates, this balance is a good thing. Better yet, Mutsu works equally well as a fresh-eating apple (perhaps one apple per two people) and for baking.
A decent apple, Mutsu’s greatest value may be in impressing your friends with its size.
Bred in Morioka, Japan; 1948 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crunchy and fairly juicy. Sharp, yet sweet at the same time. Mildly flavoured.
Big, big, big. Often a completely green apple, although ours tend to show a lot of red blush.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in mid-October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Some people like Mutsu's combination of juiciness, sugar and acid in a cider blend.
Very good (at least 3 to 4 months when kept refrigerated).