Shinano Gold (Yello®)


Shinano Gold is a yellow-skinned apple. The colour is deeper that that of Golden Delicious and the shape is more rounded. In comparison, there are also fewer lenticels visible and much less propensity for russet to develop. The flesh is a very pale yellow to white and has a fairly soft texture with some chrunch, though has good juice levels. Sweetness and acidity are good and some flavour can be detected.

Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***

Shinano Gold is a very pleasant alternative to Golden Delicious.

Yellow, juicy, soft-textured.

Names: Shinano Gold; Yello®.

Origin: Shinano Gold originates in Nagano, Japan. It is a cross between Golden delicious x Senshu (a derivative of Fuji) made in 1993. The name, Shinano, refers to a province in Nagano. The variety was developed to expand the choice of yellow apple apples and to improve on Golden Delicious. The marketing name is Yello®.

Grown in: Italy, Japan

Harvest & Availability: Current availability for the UK market is as follows:

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Yello® – Marketing website


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