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Kanzi apples look like a classic example of this fruit—round, medium in size, and deep red or red-yellow/red-orange overlaid on yellow. The flesh is firm, white, and fragrant, and the texture is both crunchy and slightly effervescent. Kanzi apples have a balanced sweet and tart flavor. They are especially juicy, a trait reminiscent of their Gala parent. Although Kanzis looks similar to their Jazz sibling, they have a more delicate flavor.
Kanzi apples are available in the fall.
The Kanzi apple is a variety of Malus domestica. It is a cross between a Gala and a Braeburn apple, two varieties from New Zealand, and is related to the Jazz apple, which shares the same parents. The name Kanzi means “happy treasure” in Swahili, a name picked for marketing purposes.
Apples are low in calories, but high in important nutrients such as Vitamin C, potassium, and boron. They contain several kinds of fiber, including soluble fiber, which strengthens the cardiovascular and digestive systems, and pectin, which maintains a healthy digestive environment for good bacteria.
Kanzi apples were bred as a dessert variety, so they are best for fresh eating. Eating them straight, in salads, or cut up into fresh snacks showcases their crunchy snap. Kanzis also make good baking apples, since they keep both their shape and their juiciness after being cooked; try them in pies or tarts. They do not store particularly well, but can keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator. Kanzis pair well with white, creamy cheeses that don’t compete with the apple’s flavor. The sweetness of Kanzis also pairs well with strong cheeses such as gorgonzola, and other fruits such as figs.
The company that produces Kanzis, Greenstar Kanzi Europe, holds exclusive rights to its production. This way of producing and growing apples is relatively new. Companies funnel resources into producing the best new apples, which are then marketed to consumers by the company. Apple companies can afford to spend money on developing varieties since they know they have exclusive rights to sell them. Many flavorful and superior new varieties have been created through this method, including Kanzis, good compliments to some of the older varieties of heritage apples that were discovered by chance.
Belgium is the first home of the Kanzi apple. It was introduced by the company Greenstar Kanzi Europe to the European market in 2004. Production of Kanzis has steadily increased; they are grown mainly in Western Europe, particularly the Netherlands, and Australia. They are not yet licensed to be grown in the United States.
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