Originally developed in the uplands of Central Otago in New Zealand, Sonya apples are now being grown in the rich volcanic soils in Washington's Yakima Valley. In this fertile lowlands microclimate, the Sonya apple is cultivated to maximize flavor and size. This crisp refreshing apple, available from December through April, is a cross between a Gala and Red Delicious - only sweeter (high brix level) with a unique aroma.
Characterized by a distinctive broad shouldered shape, a Sonya is bi-colored with a light-to-dark red over a creamy-to-yellow background. A very pleasant and tasty apple, the Sonya is delicious straight from the fridge or served with a favorite cheese, in salads, or baked into pastries and pies. Known for an excellent shelf-life, the Sonya maintains a firm texture and is relatively easy to handle and store.