Envy (apple)

Envy is a trademarked brand of the Scilate apple variety. Scilate is the result of a cross between Royal Gala and Braeburn. It was developed in New Zealand by HortResearch,[1] submitted for a patent in 2008 and patented in 2009.[2]

Malus domestica 'Scilate'
Hybrid parentage'Braeburn' × 'Royal Gala'
OriginNew Zealand, 2009

The Envy apple is mostly red with yellow specks. The peel is fairly thick and tough. The flesh is pale yellow. It is a sweet apple with low acid and a slightly flowery taste.

Distribution of the Envy apple in North America began in 2009 through the Oppenheimer Group, and ENZA (The New Zealand Apple and Pear Marketing Board); they began small commercial volumes in 2012 in Washington state.[3] The first fruit surpassed 100,000 cartons for production in 2014. The companies anticipate harvesting 2 million cartons of the fruit by 2020.[4]

Envy apples are being grown under license in New Zealand, Australia, Washington (U.S. state) and Chile.[5] Field tests are also being done in the UK, France, and with organic cultivation in Italy.[1]


  1. Brown, S.K.; Maloney, K.E. (2009). "Making Sense of New Apple Varieties, Trademarks, and Clubs: Current Status" (PDF). New York Fruit Quarterly. 17 (3): 9–12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  2. US PP20477 (P3). White, Allan G., "Apple tree variety named 'Scilate'", issued 2009-11-10.
  3. "U.S.: Envy apples hit record volumes in Washington State". Fresh Fruit Portal. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  4. "Envy apples reach volume milestone". Produce News. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  5. Charles, Dan (10 November 2014). "Want to Grow These Apples? You'll Have to Join the Club". The Salt. NPR. Retrieved 2016-01-09.

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