Jazz (apple)

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'Jazz' apple
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Genus Malus
Species Malus domestica
Hybrid parentage 'Braeburn' × 'Gala'
Cultivar 'Scifresh'
Origin  New Zealand, 1985

Jazz is the trademarked brand of the Scifresh cultivar of domesticated apple, which was one of the top ten most-voted-on apples by the Orange Pippin website.[1]

Scifresh is the result of a cross between Royal Gala and Braeburn. It was developed in New Zealand as part of a collaboration between apple marketer ENZA, orchardists, and the Plant & Food Research. The original cross was made in 1985 on trees at Goddard Lane, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.[2][3] It was launched commercially in April 2004.

Jazz apples are somewhat variable in shape.

This apple has ancestry of the Cox's Orange Pippin which is very popular in England for its special taste, and this one is really extraordinary when it comes to flavor. It is a hard, crispy and crunchy apple, yet juicy, a combination of intense and sweet with a pear-drop fruitiness. Do not bite into a whole Jazz apple if you are concerned about your teeth, rather cut it first into pieces.[1] Has nice flushes of red and maroon over shades of green, yellow and orange.[4]

Place the apple on your palm to test for firmness before buying, but don't push with your thumb. Avoid wrinkled and soft fruits or with soft or black spots.[4] The best flavoured apples are those which have the red flushes, lacking the red will taste just like Braeburn.[1]

The Jazzes are keeping their texture while baking and are great in pies and dessert baking, where their special flavour is still notable.[5] This balance of sweet and tart is also appreciated when juiced.[4] It is interesting to compare this apple with the Kanzi, while both share the same parentage.[1]

Jazz apples are being grown under license in New Zealand, UK, USA, Australia, France, Chile, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.[citation needed] Since it grows in the northern and southern hemispheres it is available all year round.[5]


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