There are many different types of apples out there, and most people have figured out their preferences based on flavor, crispness, and a few other factors. Some apples are even a cross-breed of two different types of apples, changing the flavor profile entirely and opening the door for new favorites.
The Swiss Gourmet Apple is a prime example of this unique modification. If you can try it, you may discover your new favorite apple. Keep reading to learn more about the Swiss Gourmet Apple, including its taste, ways to enjoy it, and even how to grow your own tree at home.
History of the Swiss Gourmet Apple
Bernhard Krapf first developed the Swiss Gourmet Apple tree in the late 1950s. As its name implies, it was created in Wadenswil, Switzerland.
The first harvest of this apple (its name previously known in Europe as “Arlet”) was in 1968. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, it was grown around small orchards in Europe and then began testing in the US around 1985.
Since then, these apples have been grown in a few areas of the US, including Oregon, Washington, and Orlando. This is where they got their new name, the Swiss Gourmet Apple.
The apple’s exterior is covered by its deep, bright red skin with hints of golden yellow that peek through. The skin is smooth yet strong, allowing it to last through cold winters.
The inside flesh is a yellow-white color. When bitten, there is an initial crunch, but the flesh is fine in texture.
This variety ranges in size from medium to large. Their diameters can range from about 2.75-3.75 inches, depending on their maturity level at harvest.
How They Taste
Swiss Gourmet Apples are mild and sweet, balanced with some tartness. Some argue that this variety tastes more tart than sweet, and others argue the opposite (that it is much sweeter than it is tart).
These apples also have a unique flavor that carries melon, berries, and cane sugar undertones. When bitten into, it’s crisp and juicy, making this variety favorable to many.
We all know the age-old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. That being said, it’s clear that apples are rich in various health benefits. They are low-calorie fruits that are high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, vitamin K, and more.
Apples also have significant amounts of Vitamin E and antioxidants that protect the body from harmful molecules that can lead to some chronic conditions.
Their high fiber and water content also make them a great weight-loss supplement. They increase feelings of fullness and help reduce one’s body mass index (or BMI).
For more information, make sure to check out our post all about the Health Benefits of Apples.
Ways to Enjoy
Swiss Gourmet Apples make a perfect ingredient in several baked treats. For a new go-to, cozy recipe, try making this Sweet Rustic Apple Tart. It has a sweet walnut filling and a flaky crust that will combine perfectly with your baked Swiss Gourmet Apples. Who wouldn’t want to try this?
For the more classic dessert lover, another great way to use your Swiss Gourmets is by baking them into Apple Chocolate Chip Cookies. Apples and cookies may sound like an odd pair, but trust us when we say, don’t knock it until you try it!
With a complex and sweet flavor profile, Swiss Gourmet Apples are perfect for enjoying freshly sliced and straight off the tree (or refrigerator shelf).
To spice up this simple snack, a quick and easy Yogurt Apple Dip makes for a delicious morning snack or evening dessert. It’s so tasty you would never know that it’s also healthy!
Buying This Fruit
Where to Buy
Swiss Gourmet Apples can be found in many commercial grocery stores, including Aldi, Whole Foods, Publix, Walmart, and more.
For a more farm-to-table approach, make sure also to take a look around your local farmers’ markets to see if you can get your hands on this tasty fruit.
When to Buy
Swiss Gourmet Apples become available in stores beginning in early fall and continue throughout the winter months. These fruits generally ripen towards the beginning of September and tend to keep well, prolonging their freshness and availability during these times.
Growing Your Own
Apple trees can successfully grow in various soil types, including textured clays and sandy soils. However, well-drained loamy soils are known to provide the best rate of success and the healthiest tree. Its pH should also be within the range of 5.5-6.5.
When picking a spot to plant your tree, make sure to choose an area with access to full sun. During its growing season, your Swiss Gourmet Apple tree should have access to at least six to eight hours of sunlight.
Swiss Gourmet Apple trees require about 12-15 gallons of water per week during the months of May through September. Luckily, this tree has good disease resistance, so its care needs low maintenance.
For detailed information on how to have the healthiest tree, take a look at our post on Apple Tree Care to learn more.
When you think you’re ready to harvest your Swiss Gourmet Apples, check for their readiness by ensuring the skin is firm, and its color is rich with its hallmark yellow and red marbling. If you’re still unsure, be sure to consult our post on the Right Time To Pick Apples.
Once they’re ready, remove the apples from the tree by hand while keeping the stem intact.
Finding Swiss Gourmet Apple Trees is a bit of a challenge. You’re not likely to see them at big commercial plant stores, so online shopping might be your best bet.
We recommend the wide selection of apple trees by one of our favorite retailers, Stark Bros. Check their page often to see if they add Swiss Gourmet Apples to their inventory.
Wrapping up Swiss Gourmet Apples
If you’ve been looking to find your new favorite apple variety, the Swiss Gourmet Apple should definitely be next on your list to try. With a crisp and beautiful exterior, sweet and juicy interior, and so many opportunities for use, this apple truly has it all.
Eager to learn more about other apple varieties? Take a look at our Apple Trees page for access to blog posts on more than 90 different kinds of apples!