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Zari® apple

Zari is a new variety developed in Belgium and aimed at commercial growers looking for a variety that will ripen in the early mid-season.  It is a very good looking apple, with a red-striped blush covering a yellow-green background and attractive speckled lenticels.

Zari has a very good flavour, reminiscent of Elstar and Delcorf (often known as Estivale).  The flesh is crisp, but fairly light.

Zari identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 22 Oct 2020  Avalon,  ESSEX, United Kingdom
    No point complaining about sweetness. This is sweet, very juicy. Not as crisp as Jazz (but I tried in Oct), nor as pear drop flavoured as Jazz, but with a hint of cox flavour. Overall I prefer Estivale one of its parents but this is grown in UK which Estivale hardly is. Lovely desert apple to replace pudding!
  • 06 Oct 2018  Iain,  ABERDEEN, United Kingdom
    I bought a few Zari apples and a few Norfolk Royal Russet apples on the same day - I had tasted neither before. It was a very cruel comparison! While the Norfolk Royal Russet was complex and aromatic and utterly delicious, the Zari apple just tasted generically sugary as if injected with glucose.
  • 08 Sep 2018  Dave,  SURREY, United Kingdom
    Thank you, Belgium, for giving us this wonderful Apple variety.
  • 26 Nov 2016  Stanley Kirk,  (SELECT), United Kingdom
    Recently found these in our local Lidl, as an example of a local Kent product. Exceptionally nice.
  • 29 Sep 2016  Tanya,  NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
    This is my new favourite apple. Perfect balance of sweet and tart - very crisp and super juicy. They don't seem to have a long season - Sainsbury's stock them near me, but not for long.
  • 22 Sep 2016  Ruth Warman,  United Kingdom
    What a pleasant surprise to find these BRITISH apples in sainsburys. Fed up seeing foreign apples everywhere and I refuse to buy them. Came across these Zari apples (never heard of them before) and they are delicious. Sweet and crisp bit like the old coxes we used to be able to buy. Coxes these days dont taste like coxes in years gone buy. If you see them grab them. You never know how long they may last in the shops!! LONG LIVE BRITISH APPLES. Thumbs down to foreign ones. Cheap and tasteless
  • 21 Nov 2015  Georgina,  SOMERSET, United Kingdom
    An apple that takes me back to the tree climbing and apple-picking of my childhood. Exceptionally juicy and both sweet and tart. A very good flavour which is enhanced by its crisp bite. My favourite apple at the moment but definitely one to be eaten fresh rather than stored.
  • 18 Oct 2014  John Bennett,  WESTBURY LEIGH, United Kingdom
    Old fashioned apple taste, reminiscent of freshly picked orchard fruit. Fairly crisp although a tendency to go soft which can be overcome by keeping refrigerated. Good size and texture.

Tree register

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


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Estivale x Elstar
  • Originates from: Belgium
  • Introduced: 2000
  • Developed by: Better3fruit
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2075


  • Fruit size: Large


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Early-Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Period of origin: 2000 -

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

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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