Jazz apples?

So, I’m at the store last night picking up some milk and such when I headed into the produce dept. I was thinking about picking up a baby seedless watermelon. My son Mark and I saw them and when I saw the price ($4.99!) I said to my son, that’s way too much for such a tiny watermelon. So we started to look for other things, my son noticed the GIANT seedless watermelons and yells “Hey Mom – this gigantic one is also $4.99!!” So we got it. I’ll talk more about that in a minute.

As we were walking by the apples, I noticed a brand of apples I had never seen before called JAZZ. Jazz apples? I’ve never heard of them! So we decided to put some in our basket. When we got home, I immediately cut one up to see what it tasted like. I am a huge fan of crunchy and very sweet apples and this is exactly what the JAZZ apple is. After reading more about the company who is growing them, it turns out these are a breed of Braeburn apples and the Royal Gala apple. Originally grown in New Zealand, it’s now grown in Washington state here in the U.S.

If you happen across them at your store, I highly recommend picking some up! You can find out more about the growers of Jazz apples HERE. In the Chicago-land area I bought these at Jewel Food Stores.

So, now to continue on with the watermelon. Mark and I each took a half and started scooping out with a melon baller. In the end we had 2 gallon sized ziploc bags full! 🙂

Mark asked if we could freeze some for smoothies the next day, so we threw one in the freezer and kept one in the fridge.

For Mark’s super deluxe smoothie? 1 cup frozen watermelon and 1 cup orange juice and mix in a blender or magic bullet. Since the watermelon was frozen, it was kind of like a slushy – so good!

So, have you tried jazz apples, or am I the last one to find out about them?


  1. Veronica says:

    I discovered them here a few years ago–I really like all these new apples that seem to be cropping up like this and the honeycrisp. I love sweet crisp apples too! Plus the name “jazz” is just too cool.

  2. Shelley B says:

    Jazz apples are quite popular here in our house. A couple of weeks ago we tried “pinata” apples and they were really good, too – funny how many new kinds of apples there are now.

    Our store had a “personal” watermelon for $1.99 and I thought that was too much, lol! Especially considering the big ones were about $4. Melon slushies sounds good – I’ll have to remember to freeze some next time I buy one.

  3. Helen says:

    I’ve eaten Jazz apples many times, although I find I continually go back to the Fuji.

    Even though the personal watermelons often cost the same as a larger one, I buy them since I’m the only one in my house who eats watermelon. I hate to have things go bad!

  4. I’ve been buying jazz apples for a few years now…what a great apple they are….they aren’t super huge, so easy to pack in lunches and take and they are super sweet and super crunchy. I like them better than fugi’s! Sometimes my store has them on sale for 99 cents a pound!

  5. oooh i’ve never had them them before – first time hearing about them and now I want to go pick some up!

  6. Roz says:

    I love jazz apples, but I always seem to keep going back to my ambrosias. Have a great weekend Jenn.

  7. Kristi says:

    I have never had a Jazz apple, but I like sweet, crunchy apples so I will definitely be on the lookout for these.

  8. Robin Sue says:

    Yes I have found the Jazz too and really like them. I am all for sweet and crisp. I was buying the honeycrisp which thankfully have come down in price but Jazz are a great substitute when the honeycrisps are gone.

  9. Linda says:

    Jazz apples…Where in northeast Ohio or Internet can I buy these apples? I am organizing a golf outing and these would be great. Sans club has them now but couldn’t tell me if they would have them mid-July!!

    Check out the link here for where to buy Jazz apples:


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