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Rare Black Apples Sell for $20 Each, but Farmers Refuse to Plant Them

Rare Black Apples Sell for $20 Each, but Farmers Refuse to Plant Them

You’ve never seen an apple like this, and you probably never will.

Not all apples are red; some are green, yellow, or pink. As an apple grows, the natural colors or pigments (anthocyanins) are developing, which give apples their red (or green, pink or yellow) color.

However, there is now another colored apple available and this special apple has just reached its peak in popularity. Just like “regular” colored apples, they are rich in minerals and microorganisms, only this apple is much tastier and crispier.

Black apples are considered rare because they are planted in the highlands, at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level.

Like other apples, they are rich in minerals and microorganisms, but much tastier.

Also known as the scorpion fruit, the black apple does not need fertilization, resistant to cold and has a natural defense against parasites and insects.

It is a native to New Zealand and introduced to China, where it is planted at Tibet Nyingchi.

Black apples are loved for their crispy texture and sweet taste. It contains a higher amount of glucose than other varieties of apples, making them a hit after they were first launched. However, due to the low temperature in which they thrive best, their growth rate is also slowed.

The average apple matures in only 2-3 years, with the longest period at 5 years. For black apples, the maturity takes 8 years or more from the time of planting.

Furthermore, only 30% of mature black apples will reach a strict standard of color compliance. Hence, the total output of black apples is extremely low.

Because of its exclusivity and high price, it is not the first choice for consumption among the general public. Fruit farmers are aware of this, and they too prefer to grow other fruits which have a higher demand.

Due to the limited production of black apples, Chinese manufacturers have decided to turn black apples into exclusive gift boxes in the high-end market. They will most likely be infused with black Tibetan color culture to achieve a brilliant black color. Thus, customers who wish to purchase them must make an order in advance.

Sources: GoodTimes, Washington State University

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