Sonya is one of the world’s most exciting red apples, created by breeding the legendary delicious with New Zealand’s exquisite gala. From the delicious, Sonya inherited a heart shape that sets it apart in the apple
world. From the gala apple, Sonya gained an exquisite sugar cane-sweet flavour and crunchy-crisp texture. It’s quite possible Sonya is the world’s most perfect apple!
New Zealand fruit tree breeder John McLaren is based in Bannockburn, Central Otago. During his amazing horticultural career he has helped to create a number of red apples varieties. John’s 100% natural methods for creating new apple varieties involve pollinating the flowers of one apple variety with the pollen from another, then raising seedlings from the resulting pips. While this may sound simple, it can take years to grow seedlings into trees that consistently produce fruit with the best characteristic from each parent. The heart-shaped Sonya apple is John’s pride and joy; an apple so crisp and sweet, he named it after his daughter.