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Kalei apple

Kalei (pronounced "kay-lee") is a new apple variety developed by the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and released in February 2013.  The word is Hawaiian for "lovable".

It is already available in Australia, and trials are taking place in Europe and the USA.

Kalei is derived from Gala, but developed to be far more scab-resistant than its parent.  Although we are not aware of any apples developed with GMO technology, perhaps wary of the strength of the anti-GM movement the developers stress that Kalei was developed without the use of chemicals or genetic engineering.

Last updated 20 Jan 2014.

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Current rating: 5.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 3

Visitor comments

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22 May 2017 
Sweetest apple I have ever tasted! Stays fresh and crisp, ever after cutting, and stored in a plastic bag for over a week! Amazing! Wish I could find more in the USA.

21 May 2017 
Bought mine from Coles - Toowoomba in May - super crisp and crunchy. Very sweet - no tartness. Not to my taste but my husband loves it

14 Dec 2016 
I entirely DISAGREE with the opinion expressed above. I bought a Kalei apple at Coles Toowong today. I found the skin tough and the flesh floury and almost bitter. It was far from the hyped experience I was looking forward to.

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A recent disease-resistant introduction from Australia, derived from Gala.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Royal Gala x CPR7T90
  • Originates from: Stanhope, Queensland, Australia
  • Introduced: 2013
  • Developed by: Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2614


  • Scab  - Some resistance

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