Gleam­ing black ap­ples shine like a di­a­mond

Weekend Witness - - News -

IF you’re hop­ing to put black ap­ples in the Christ­mas stock­ing, you’ve left it too late.

Ap­ples come in a range of colours: red, yel­low, pink, or green. Red ap­ples get their colour from an­tho­cyanins.

But the rage among ap­ple en­thu­si­asts is the black di­a­mond ap­ple (pic­tured), a breed of Hua Niu ap­ples.

Na­tive to New Zealand, it was later in­tro­duced to China and Ti­bet where it was de­vel­oped by the spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment and the graft­ing tech­nol­ogy of the farm­ers.

Black di­a­mond ap­ples are pur­ple, gleam­ing, and have a crisp tex­ture. From the out­side, the ap­ples al­most look like can­dle wax. They do not need fer­til­i­sa­tion and have a re­sis­tance to cold and a nat­u­ral de­fence against par­a­sites and insects. How­ever, they are very rare be­cause they are planted in the high­lands at an al­ti­tude of 3 500 me­tres above sea level.

They must be ex­posed to much sun­light and ul­tra­vi­o­let light, and these unique geo­graph­i­cal fea­tures make one ap­ple or­chard in Ny­ingchi the best nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment for grow­ing black di­a­mond ap­ples.

Only 30% of ma­ture black ap­ples will reach a strict stan­dard of colour com­pli­ance and so the to­tal out­put is ex­tremely low.

Be­cause of its ex­clu­siv­ity and high price, it is not the first choice for con­sump­tion among the gen­eral pub­lic.

Due to the limited pro­duc­tion of black ap­ples, Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers have de­cided to turn them into ex­clu­sive gift boxes in the high-end mar­ket.

They are mostly sold in gift pack­ages of six or eight ap­ples. They will most likely be in­fused with black Ti­betan colour cul­ture to achieve a bril­liant black colour. So if you want one, you have to or­der long in ad­vance.

— Wit­ness Re­porter.

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