test Peel back the skin of a Redlove apple, and you will find a deep-pink, almost fuchsia-coloured inner flesh that alternates with white to dramatic effect. And when sliced straight through its vertical core, these small apples are shaped like a heart. In a list of all the types of fruit that represent love, Redlove apples definitely come up on top.
The aptly named Redlove apples were developed by Swiss apple breeder Markus Kobelt who has dedicated decades of his life to come up with this new breed of apples. They are a result of a cross-pollination between Royal Gala, Braeburn Apples with other secret red-fleshed varieties.
Redlove apples have a not-too-sweet and tangy flavour, and a crisp texture similar to Granny Smith apples. They also claim to have a higher antioxidant content, some up to 30-40% more than an average apple.
How to Use Redlove Apples
Another quirk of Redlove apples is that they don’t turn brown when left exposed like regular apples and they hold up well to cooking. Treat these apples like a sweeter Granny Smith, and use them in galettes, pies, cakes and breads, or simply juice them for a pink apple juice that is delicious as-is, or to form the base of many mixed drinks and cocktails. For a colourful cheeseboard, add a few slices aside some sweet grapes and figs. Redlove apples can replace other apples in recipes for pork and fish.
Where to Find Redlove Apples
These beautiful apples are available under license from Kobelts’s nursery, and you can find a number of licensed growers in the US, Australia and Europe.
Grab the best of fall’s apples and try these apple recipes this weekend: