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Kanzi apple



Part of the appeal of the old heritage apple varieties is their good honest names. In the "good old days" apples were named without fuss. A common strategy was the name of the person who discovered them - Pott’s Seedling, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Kidd’s Orange Red, Granny Smith, Chivers Delight and so on. If that didn’t have quite the right ring to it, the name of the local village might suffice: Ribston Pippin, Barnack Beauty, Allington Pippin, Braeburn. Another popular strategy was to borrow the name of a famous person such as Lord Lambourne, Freyberg, Bismarck for example. If you were stuck (or not very inventive) you just went for something really simple like Red Delicious or Golden Delicious. In the 21st century hower the important job of naming (or branding) new apple varieties is no longer left to the happy grower, but has been taken over by marketing departments, who see apples as just another consumer item, and might as well be naming a new car as a new apple. Thus we have Kanzi, a brand new 21st century apple, which means "hidden treasure" in Swahili - of course.

Kanzi, as a name, does not perhaps have the same gravitas as the old heritage apple varieties - yet. Fortunately this is a pretty good apple so we can let the name grow on us. Kanzi has been developed and marketed by Greenstar Kanzi Europe (GKE) and first came on to the market in 2006. It’s not available from US growers yet, and most supplies are from the Netherlands.

The Kanzi apple ticks all the right boxes for a modern apple. It has the modern bi-coloured appearance, and does indeed look very attractive on the supermarket shelf. The marketing literature suggests that Kanzi is a crimson-red but all the examples we have seen are red-orange. It is a good firm fairly crisp apple, with a mild but pleasant apple flavour, slightly sharp rather than sweet and quite juicy.

The obvious comparison is with Jazz. Although Jazz was developed independently in New Zealand and has been available in supermarkets for a few years, it is actually a sibling of Kanzi – they share the same parents, Gala and Braeburn. We have done a number of comparative tastings of these two important new apples and it is difficult to say which is "best" - they are both very good examples of 21st century apple development. Anyone who thinks that only the old heritage apple varieties have any flavour will have to think again with either of these apple varieties. It is true that apple development went through a bit of a bad patch in the mid 20th century, with supermarkets putting supply chain attributes ahead of flavour, but there can be no doubt that modern apples like Jazz and Kanzi are right up there with the old classic apple varieties when it comes to flavour.

The colouration is very similar, but we think Kanzi is arguably the prettier apple. Jazz can look a little bit too tall, whereas Kanzi is more rounded -quite similar to Ariane (although the parentage is completely different).

Looks are important commercially, but for us it is mainly about the flavour of the apple. The flavour of both Kanzi and Jazz is extremely good, but also quite different. The Jazz apple has the stronger flavour, with its distinctive peardrop aftertaste and dense flesh. Kanzi is more delicate, with a less pronounced flavour and lighter flesh. In our tests so far most tasters prefer Kanzi (by a margin of at least 2/3rds to 1/3rd), partly because Jazz can be just a bit too solid to bite into sometimes. The milder flavour of Kanzi is also easier and less demanding, although perhaps a bit less memorable too. However your objective author should here state his own preference: Jazz wins because of its more distinctive flavour.

The photo below shows Jazz (left) and Kanzi (right) apples side by side.

Jazz apple and Kanzi apple

Last updated 03 Jan 2014.

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Current rating: 4.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 14
 

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27 Jul 2014 
Wow... just tasted my first Kanzi apple, and it is packed with flavor. It closely resembles its sister Jazz in color and flavor, but it is a lot more tart. A little TOO tart for me in fact. So I prefer Jazz. But a tasty apple for sure. It has a very vinous and spritely aftertaste as well. Would make a great cider I think.


31 Mar 2014 
i recently purchased a 3 lb. bag at a local super market for $3.50 they were delicious, the best apple I have ever eaten. I will certainly continue to buy them.


01 Feb 2014 
I bought the Kanzi apple for the first time two weeks ago, I looked at the Jazz first but decided on the Kanzi. It is one of the nicest apples I have tasted for a very long time, the others I have bought usually end up going wrinkly in my fruit bowl and getting thrown away. These were eaten in no time as the taste was delicious. My granddaughter can't get enough of them which is good, far better than sweets. After reading these reviews I shall try the Jazz as well so I can compare flavours. I am off to the shops now to get some more as my son ate my last one, he wants me to get him some as well. That must be a good advertisement.


19 Nov 2013 
We have had customer tastings of U.K. KANZI, JAZZ and CAMEO and the JAZZ apple proved most popular with the majority of our very judgemental customers commenting on the crisp intense flavour of the JAZZ apple.


17 Oct 2013 
I tried a couple of Kanzi apples last week from a local supermarket in Minnesota. I was quite disappointed; they had a very odd chemical flavor. Perhaps it was just these particular apples, but I would not buy them again.


06 Apr 2012 
Unfortunetly Jazz is sold only to commercial grower's in the states....i've looked all over and that seems to be it....i had Jazz last year and was impressed with it....yummy....if you can get a tree from a commercial grower...great, but might not be so easy. I am liking the Pink lady apple this year and just got a tree to plant next to my Cox orange pippin, (old european variety grafted onto new root stock).


26 Feb 2012 
Love these apples! They are crisp, juicy and not too sweet. Bought them from the reduced bin in Tesco a few weeks ago & have been buying them ever since. Have tried Jazz too & that is also very good.


15 Jan 2012 
Just finishing my 3rd purchase of Sainsburys 'Taste the difference' (Kanzi - 6 or 8 in a bag for just over £2). Having just moved I intended planting fruit trees and am looking for a nursery supplying the trees. Does anyone know if they're available yet?


13 Feb 2011 
just something speccial about this apple... I;m not a lover of foreign apples but this great I hope soon we can buy the trees


16 Jan 2011 
Found the Kanzi in our supermarket tonight for the first time. I liked it very much but wish it was a little harder. Now that I have read what you said about Jazz, I hope that will come here too, that should fit my preference.


01 Dec 2010 
cannot believe this bland(ish)apple can be compared to a jazz, bought some in Tesco's and was a little dissappointed. Hope 1 day my fav Kidds Orange Red will be embraced by the multinationals


14 Apr 2010 
I have just bought these apples for the second time and once again have really enjoyed them. Came to the site to find out more about them and am not surprised at their heritage - Gala and Braeburn. An excellent combination. Clever growers!


05 Dec 2009 
Bought 4 of these apples today from Tesco - odd name for a european apple - husband and I love Jazz (which I mainly use for tarte tatin) - they are absolutely delicious, sweet, firm and very juicy. Shall definitely buy them again.


22 Nov 2009 
Just had my first taste of Kanzi. I really enjoyed the flavour and the look of the apple and the price was great at £1.25 for a bag of 7 in Tesco. I actually picked up the Jazz first but put them back as my preference is for a round apple not the longer looking apple. I will try the Jazz just to see which I prefer tastewise but aesthetically I lean towards the Kanzi.


20 Nov 2009 
I worked with english apples for six years - heritage and modern ones. I don't think Kanzi is the best representative of what "new times" can bring - obviously storage capability was first reason behing creating this rather hard to bite/not too sweet apple. The colours are as vivid as early Braeburn (i.e. orangey instead of palatable red). Overall a good apple for storing, not the best one to consume if one has a sweet tooth


14 Nov 2009 
A great review of both Jazz and Kanzi apples. However I note with a degree of despair the comments that GBP 1.50 is "getting expensive". If you want premium apples - indeed if you want premium food - please be prepared to spend a little extra. Food is now cheaper than it has every been at any time, in history. Yet still people want it even cheaper. Fair enough, but to make it even cheaper we have to mess about with the animals/fruit/grains genetically in order to produce more from fewer inputs. All ready supermarkets and their customers have driven down the price of British dairy products to the point where soon, there will be no local production. It's your call. But, please, when buying your food, keep this in mind. I suggest that you buy your local produce fresh, in season and then southern hemisphere products out of season, this will keep everyone in business - more especially the strategic reserve for food production in the UK. Incidentally, the "food miles" on produce shipped halfway round the world in modern vessels is less than the food miles from France, Spain or Italy. But don't go without French truffles because of this, just know about it and read the newspapers with scepticism.


05 Nov 2009 
Tried this variety (Kanzi) for the very first time this week, and couldn't believe an English grown apple would be this good. Excellent flavour (not too sweet/sharp), lovely fragrence (my office smelt of apple for an hour afterwards) but best of all a fantastic crisp texture which won't rip your crowns out. Oh, I forgot, the colour is stunning.


25 Oct 2009 
Nice sized apple with a good taste.


24 Jul 2009 
Just got the first taste of Jazz. Love the crunchy dense flesh and not too sweet flavor. Can't wait to try the Kanzi.


27 Feb 2009 
I got a bag of Kanzi apples from Tesco in Chester this week for £1.49 a bag and they are amazing. They are currently Tesco's 'market value' apple which means that they're one of the store's cheapest varieties. Hope they last!


10 Jan 2009 
I am also trying to source Kanzi, also Jazz


16 Aug 2008 
I am trying to source a few of the Kanzi trees but am struggling to find a supplier - could you help please?


10 Mar 2008 
I have the english Kanzi apple for sale for the last 2 month. All my client's like it. I'm selling it for 70p a lb, which is about 3 apples. I think I'm nearly the only one to sell it around here. any questions mail to:zach- nurseries@freenet.de


03 Mar 2008 
I can't remember what first made me pick the Kanzi, as they were a 'Taste the Difference' from Sainsbury, packed 4 together on a tray (I hate buying with extra packaging) and priced at £1.69 - not cheap in my book!! I guess it was because they came from the Netherlands, which is where I come from. Still, both my husband and I are rather hooked now. We've favoured Braeburns, preferably the NZ ones, for years, but we both think this Kanzi apple is sensational! The flavour is tart and the juice gushes into your mouth when you take a bite. Once when I wanted some grated apple, I was left with the skin and without thinking I popped it in my mouth - even that on its own was nice enough and not at all 'touch' as some skins on their own would be, to eat the lot! Having read the article, I must find the Jazz apple, too! I hope these apples will soon become more readily available, and therefore less expensive. In the Netherlands they are only very slightly more expensive than, say, Braeburns. I hope UK follows suit in the very near future.



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A great modern dessert variety, derived from Braeburn.

Kanzi phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Gala x Braeburn
  • Originates from: Belgium
  • Introduced: 2004-2007
  • Developed by: Better3Fruits; Greenstar Kanzi Europe NV
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1180

Growing

  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid

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