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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.

Visitor reviews

  • 06 Dec 2019  Jhoward,  QUEENSLAND, Australia
    Tried one today from a stanthorpe local seller and it's fantastic I'll be looking out for these
  • 22 May 2017  Amy,  WEST VIRGINIA, United States
    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  Marcia b,  QLD, Australia
    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  Brian Willis,  QUEENSLAND, Australia
    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.

Tree register

We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet.


  • 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

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


  • Scab  - Some resistance

Where to buy fresh fruit

No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.


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