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Elnica apples tend toward medium to large in size and round or conical in shape. The white-cream flesh is softly crisp and juicy in the style of many modern apples. The skin of the Elnica has a red to dark red blush over almost the entire surface, while Elstars normally have a golden yellow skin overlaid with some red. The Elnica has an intense, honeyed flavor that comes mostly from its Ingrid Marie parentage, which itself is an offspring of the popular and delicious Cox’s Orange Pippin. The sweetness is well balanced by some acidity; some have compared the taste to the Jonagold apple
The Elnica apple is available in the fall through early winter.
Elnica apples, botanical name Malus domestica, are a red colored sport of the more well-known Elstar apple. This variety is originally from the Netherlands introduced in relatively modern times. Like the original Elstar, Elnica is a cross between the Ingrid Marie (a Danish apple) and the Golden Delicious. Elstar and its sports are considered to be some of the best tasting offspring of the Golden Delicious.
Apples are very nutritious. They are high in Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, which all contribute to health. One medium apple contains 4 grams of insoluble and soluble fiber (about 17% of the daily recommended intake). Apples contain smaller amounts of some other nutrients as well, such as potassium.
Useful for both fresh eating and cooking/baking, Elnicas are a versatile apple. Pair with classic apple spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom; fruits such as mango and cranberry; and sweeteners such as caramel and maple. This is also a good variety for juicing and drying. They keep one to two months in proper cool, dry storage.
Apple sports are varieties that have grown from a single branch or section of a parent apple tree. Sports tend to be very similar to the parent fruit, except for key differences such as color. In this case, Elnica’s coloring differs from the parent Elstar.
The original Elstar was first grown in the Netherlands in 1955 and introduced to market in 1972. Since then, a variety of Elstar sports have been produced, including Elnica, Daliest, Valstar, and Red Elstar. Today, the heavily cropping trees are grown mainly in Europe, particularly Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Italy. Other apple-producing regions such as Washington State, Canada, Chile, and England also grow smaller amounts. Elnica trees do well in temperate or slightly warmer climates.