The Fuji apple has been one of the most popular apples in America for years
The Japanese apple known as Fuji took the United States by storm in the 1980s. The combination is a clear winner: The color, juice and firmness of a Red Delicious and the heirloom flavor of a Ralls Janet
Scientific Binomial Name: Malus domestica
Excellent for eating fresh & salads; Good for pies & sauce.
A good-quality Fuji apple will be firm with smooth and clean skin. The coloring is usually yellow-green with red highlights, but will sometimes have either a pinkish blush or be nearly all red. Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. (Do not push with your thumb). It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.
To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator. Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5°F.
Avoid product with soft or dark spots. Also if the apple skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across it, the apple has probably been in cold storage too long or has not been kept cool.
The Fuji apple is a late-season apple, often harvested in late September and October; but new Fuji strains are being developed that ripen two to three weeks earlier. When supply finally catches up with demand, you can expect Fuji apples to be available year-round.
Fuji Apple Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 medium apple (154g)
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Fuji Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.
Apple Tips & Trivia
- This Japanese apple has American parents - the Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, an heirloom apple that goes back to Thomas Jefferson in 1793. The Fuji was "born" in 1952 in Japan and introduced into the United States in the 1980s.
- Apples are the second most important of all fruits sold in the supermarket, ranking next to bananas.
- The history of apple consumption dates from Stone Age cultivation in areas we now know as Austria and Switzerland.
- In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.