Reddy Robin® is the new nashi, which the media have dubbed Papple® …
Papple®? As in Pear and Apple. Well sort of, and no not at all. Depends on what you are talking about.
Is this fruit a combination of an Apple and a Pear? No, not at all. Does it look and taste like a combination of an Apple and a Pear? Certainly, does and better!
We got word that some Reddy Robin® fruit from the first trial trees in Alken, Belgium were ripe and true to our nature we followed the fruit.
We left early Wednesday morning from Valencia and arrived mid-afternoon in Brussels. Of course, we had to stop at the famous Atomium building for a quick handstand and some photos. Our little gymnastic session was cut short due to our youngest daughter throwing something, that I feel the word tantrum, does not come close to describing. So, while the rest of the clan were hand standing and photographing, she was crying, walking off, throwing her arms in the air like no one in the whole world understood her. She proclaimed this fact with screams that made the veins in her neck pop out. After drawing way too much attention from the Belgium police we decided it’s time to leave.
Ah, the wonders of life…one moment you’re perfecting a handstand, the next you’re speeding down a highway heading towards Willebroek (Wild pants).
After a few GPS adjustments and some U-turns we were on route to Hasselt, which I found out later, is the fashion capital of Belgium, Hoofstadt van de Smaak. Should you ever find yourself in this little town be sure to visit the Fashion Museum. If that’s your thing.
Wil left early the next morning for Alken to meet Reddy Robin® . The girls and I had a delicious breakfast in Kattegatstraat which, when directly translated to English reads Cat’s ass street (yes, we had some fun with the Belgium street names). We then went for a walk in town before the rain caught up with us.
Wil returned later that afternoon with one Reddy Robin® !! One…?
We were very excited and I wanted to devour it immediately. But, decided to wait for the weekend, when we could share it with some good friends in Oldenzaal. Sharing is caring after all.
So we packed up, Reddy Robin® stashed far away and left for Oldenzaal via Delft. Finally, 48 hours later, we all sat around the table drinking wine and admiring Reddy Robin®.
When food, fruit, and wine are involved things are bound to get poetic…
What’s in a name?
Reddy Robin® …O, Reddy Robin®, how I do love thee….
Truth be told, we are not sure about the name. There is some controversy. It seems that in the UK they are calling it Papple® and the rest of the world is calling it Reddy Robbin®. I think we can be like Shakespeare on this one…What’s in a name, that which we call a rose [nashi], by any other name would smell [taste] as sweet…
Point being, should you come across a fruit named Reddy Robin® or Papple® it will be this unique nashi variety.
It must be mentioned that both names, Reddy Robin® and Papple®, are registered trade names for this fruit variety. This is wonderful, for, amongst other things, it ensures that should you as a consumer purchase this nashi, it will comply with established quality criteria, which in turn, will ensure that you are satisfied with this fruit every time.
So what is this fruit exactly?
First off, Reddy Robin® is a nashi. Nashi is the name given to pears (Pyrus pyrifolia) originating from Asia.
Reddy Robin®, specifically, is a cross between a Japanese and a Chinese nashi, which resulted in an enhanced and more complex flavour that distinguishes Reddy Robin® from other nashis.
The fruit has a light ochre background colour and freckles (lenticels), with a full burnt-orange blush that reddens as the fruit ripens. Reddy Robin® really has an old-world appeal to it and to me, this fruit is begging to be in a fruit bowl in a rustic villa somewhere in France…
Also, the red blush could possibly be why this nashi is called Reddy Robin®. Red Robin birds have a red chest, which resembles the blush on this fruit.
The size is typically that of an apple with a diameter of 65 to 70 millimeters.
This variety was bred in New Zealand by The Institute for Plant and Food Research and therefore most of the fruit are currently produced in said country. However, Reddy Robin® production is in various stages of development in countries on both sides of the equator.
Harvest time starts late summer and stretches into early autumn.
What does it taste like?
I tasted a nashi a few years ago and quite honestly was not impressed with the flavour. So, when hearing about this new nashi I was somewhat curious to find out what all the hype is about.
Biting into this fruit I could hear the crispness of the flesh shattering against my teeth. The sensation of the flesh in my mouth felt like tiny flavour bubbles bursting on my tongue. This is by far, one of the most refreshing fruit I have ever eaten.
The flavour starts off as sweet and fresh, followed by a slightly more complex floral flavour with only the slightest hint of tartness.
A wonderful autumn treat!
Where can we buy them?
Currently, they are available in selected supermarkets in the USA and the UK.
Where can we expect to find this new nashi in the near future?
South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Chile, China, Uruguay, Argentina and South Korea.