Ambrosia Apple

December 2nd, 2011 | Fruit Maven

If you’ve been wondering what kind of apple lured Snow White, then this is the fruit for you!

Aptly named, the Ambrosia apple, means fruit of the gods. And while I like to imagine that the gods are a little more imaginative than a straightforward apple (see the tiger striped lemon, caviar limes, pink fleshed apples, oranges, lemons, etc.), it is a delicious and delightful little specimen.

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Round red apple with happy, smiley face yellow blushing. Reminds me of autumn with its gorgeous coloring. White flesh (that doesn’t brown particularly quickly – Yay!).

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Sweet and slightly reminiscent of pears.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★★

Very nice, dense crunch without being hard or overly firm. Plenty of juicy appeal.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Average level of sweet apple flavor with a slightly grassy note.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★½

If you don’t want any tart snap to your apple, then this is a fabulous one for you as it isn’t really acidic. It strikes me as having a really pure apple flavor, with nice medium amount of sweetness. Nothing overly complicated happening in the flavor department but it tastes good and has ideal texture. While there are apples I like better for one reason or another, this is an apple I would reach for often if I had it stocked in my fridge. I did notice as I was taking photos that the texture softens a bit as it comes to room temperature though so be sure to keep this one nice and cold.


The Ambrosia apple is a really recent variety, having “magically appeared among a row of Jonagold apples” in the early 1990’s, which also of course makes it a bastard of sorts because who in the world was Jonagold fritzing around with??? Nobody knows. It’s so sad to overhear this gossip when I open my refrigerator door. Apples can be cold, cold hearted. Let me tell you. You really have no idea until you’ve had eight different varieties sharing a crisper drawer. It gets crazy. I can only imagine what happens on the orchards.

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