|Malus pumila 'Fuji'|
Fuji on a tree
|Hybrid parentage||Red Delicious × 'Ralls Genet'|
|Origin||Fujisaki, Aomori, 1930s|
The Fuji apple is an apple hybrid developed by growers at Tohoku Research Station (農林省園芸試験場東北支場) in Fujisaki, Aomori, Japan, in the late 1930s, and brought to market in 1962. It originated as a cross between two American apple varieties — the Red Delicious and old Virginia Ralls Genet (sometimes cited as "Rawls Jennet") apples. According to the US Apple Association website it is one of the fifteen most popular apple cultivars in the United States. Its name is derived from the first part of the town where it was developed: Fujisaki.
Fuji apples are typically round and range from large to very large, averaging 75 mm in diameter. They contain between 9–11% sugars by weight and have a dense flesh that is sweeter and crisper than many other apple cultivars, making them popular with consumers around the world. Fuji apples also have a very long shelf life compared to other apples, even without refrigeration. With refrigeration, Fuji apples can remain fresh for up to a year.
In Japan, Fuji apples continue to be an unrivaled best-seller. Japanese consumers prefer the crispy texture and sweetness of Fuji apples (which is somewhat reminiscent of the coveted Nashi pear) almost to the exclusion of other varieties and Japan's apple imports remain low. Aomori Prefecture, home to the Fuji apple, is the best known apple growing region of Japan. Of the roughly 900,000 tons of Japanese apples produced annually, 500,000 tons come from Aomori.
Outside Japan, the popularity of Fuji apples continues to grow. In 2016 and 2017, Fuji apples accounted for nearly 70% of China's 43 million tons grown. Since their introduction into the U.S. market in the 1980s, Fuji apples have gained popularity with American consumers — as of 2016, Fuji apples ranked number 3 on the US Apple Association's list of most popular apples, only trailing Red Delicious and Gala. Fuji apples are grown in traditional apple-growing states such as Washington, Michigan, New York, and California. Washington State, where more than half of America's apple crop is grown, produces about 135,000 tons of Fuji apples each year, third in volume behind Red Delicious and Gala varieties.
Fuji apples have recently been projected by the US Apple Association to be in 4th place as America's favorite apple.
|Date||"Inventor"||Marketed as||Mutated From||Assignee||Habit||Pattern||Earlier||Color||Plant Patent Number|
|Aug 29, 1989||Hiraragi||Yataka||Fuji||Makoto Okada||standard||stripe||1 Month||–||US plant patent 7001|
|Oct 6, 1992||Yahagi||Heisei Fuji, Beni Shogun9645||Yataka7001||Nakajima Tenkoen||standard||solid||no||dark red||US plant patent 7997|
|Nov 17, 1992||Cooper||T.A.C.#114||Redsport Type 2||T.A.C.||spur||stripe||10–14 days||more brilliant red, 80—90%||US plant patent 8032|
|Sep 26, 1995||Fukuda||Tensei||Fuji||Fukushima Tenkoen||standard, larger||stripe||no||same||US plant patent 9298|
|Apr 16, 1996||Lynd||Fuji-Spike||Fuji||Lynd||spur||stripe||0–5 days||same||US plant patent 9508|
|Sep 24, 1996||Van Leuven||Myra||unknown red strain||C & O||standard||blush w/ subtle stripe||1 week||bright pink||US plant patent 9645|
|Dec 9, 1997||Auvil||Fuji 216||T.A.C.#1148032||Auvil||standard||blush||5–21 days||brighter red, 90—100%||US plant patent 10141|
|Mar 24, 1998||Coopr & Perkins||Fuji Compact T.A.C. #114||T.A.C.#1148032||T.A.C.||spur||same||same||same||US plant patent 10291|
|Jan 25, 2000||Van Leuven||Fiero||Yataka7001||C & O||standard||indistinct stripe||7–10 days||more intense blush||US plant patent 11193|
|Sep 18, 2001||Snyder||Snyder||BC 2||Snyder||semi-spur||heavy stripe||same||same||US plant patent 12098|
|Nov 27, 2001||Torres||Triple E||BC 2||–||standard||85—100% blush||10–14 days||solid red||US plant patent 12219|
|Apr 16, 2002||Rankin||Rankin Red||Yakata7001||Twin Springs Fruit Farm||standard||70—90% blush||5 days||more intense||US plant patent 12551|
|Nov. 11, 2003||Teague||Irene||BC 2||–||standard||solid||60 days||yellow||US plant patent 14299|
|Oct 26, 2004||Braun||Brak||Fuji||Kiku||standard||striped||earlier||ruby red||US plant patent 15261|
|Feb 21, 2006||Clevenger||Fugachee||Fuji||–||standard||70—90% blush||14 days before Fiero||–||US plant patent 16270|
|Jun 6, 2006||Banning||Banning Red||Desert Rose Fuji||Banning||standard||stripe||–||redder||US plant patent 16624|
|Aug 14, 2007||Lee, Edwards, Delugar||CABp||Nagafu 6||CABp 4||standard||stripe||–||"superior"||US plant patent 17914|
|Sep 11, 2007||Eppich||Eppich 2||T.A.C. #1148032||–||standard||blush with light stripe||unclear||yellow and red||US plant patent 18004|
|Apr 29, 2008||Braun||Fuji Fubrax||Fuji||Kiku SRL||standard||dark ruby red stripes and blush||late||green-yellow||US plant patent 18761|
|Jul 29, 2008||Leis, Mazzola||Fujiko||Nagafu 12||Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti||standard||diffused||–||more intense red||US plant patent 19054|
Unpatented Fuji mutants include:
- BC 2
- Desert Rose Fuji
- Nagafu 2
- Nagafu 6
- Nagafu 12
- Redsport Type 1
- Redsport Type 2
- Grapple (fruit) — a Concord grape-flavor-infused Fuji apple
- The Research Station moved to Morioka later; now National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, National Institute of Fruit Tree Science 果樹試験場リンゴ研究部 http://www.naro.affrc.go.jp/fruit/kin/apple/017785.html
- Apple varieties by US Apple Association
- Yepsen, Roger (1994). Apples. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. ISBN 0-393-03690-1.
- "China apple exports are expected to hit a record high in 2016 | China Fresh Fruit and Produce News". www.producereport.com. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
- "U.S. Apple Association Forecasts a Stronger Than Average Harvest; Gala, Red Delicious and Fuji Most Popular Varieties; Honeycrisp and Pink Lady Fastest Growing - U.S. Apple Association". U.S. Apple Association. 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
- "Apples in Washington State | Chelan & Douglas Counties | Washington State University". extension.wsu.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fuji (apple).|
- Patents covering Fuji Apples
- The International Federation for Produce Coding (IFPC)
- Popular apple variety harbors unusual cell growth EurekAlert March 25, 2008