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Ourin apples are medium to large in size and are oval to conical in shape. The skin ranges in color from yellow to green with many prominent lenticels or pores, and some pink or orange-red blushing may occur on the surface. The flesh is pale yellow, crisp, and firm, and there is a central fibrous core running the length of the fruit. Ourin apples are aromatic, extremely juicy, and sweet with little acid and flavors of honey, pineapple, and pear.
Ourin apples are available in the fall.
Ourin apples, botanically classified as Malus domestica, are a popular modern Japanese variety and are a cross between the indo, another Japanese apple, and the golden delicious. Ourin apples, also known as Orins and Ohrins, are one of the most popular apples in Japan and are most commonly used as a dessert apple. Ourin apples have the same parents as the mutsu apple, which is also Japanese.
Ourin apples are an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, which support healthy digestion and can help boost the immune system. They also contain some vitamin B, boron, and several types of antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Ourin apples are best suited for raw consumption as they are most well known as a dessert variety. They can be consumed fresh, out of hand or sliced and mixed into green or fruit salads. Ourin apples are also a popular juice variety in the Japanese market because of their sweet flavor. They can be squeezed into a juice, blended to make a smoothie, or cooked down into a compote or jam. It is recommended to combine the sweet Ourin apple flavor with tart apples to decrease sugar when juicing, cooking, or baking. They are also commonly used to bake desserts such as apple pies. Ourin apples will keep up to two months when stored in the refrigerator.
Ourin apples are the third-most commercially grown apple in Japan are particularly popular, as they are commonly eaten after meals as a fresh dessert. The name Ourin means “king of apples” in Japanese, and the sweet juicy fruit is also given as a gift and is a symbol of hospitality and respect to friends, coworkers, and family.
Ourin apples were developed by the Aomori Apple Research Station in Japan during the 1940s and were introduced to the market in 1952. Today Ourin apples are mainly grown and found at specialty markets in the Aomori and Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, but they are also grown and sold in British Columbia as an organic apple.