About Sonya

SonyaTM is the heart-shaped sweet apple

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!


Bigger on size, sweeter on taste

Sonya is larger than the average apple, so big enough for two to share. It also looks different to ordinary apples, because it’s beautifully heart-shaped. And it smells nicer than other apples, because it was created with flavour in mind. When you bite into a Sonya apple, you’re transported to heaven on an explosion of crisp sweetness. The total effect is irresistible, making Sonya the most tempting of New Zealand’s apples.
Sonya apple

About Sonya

Proudly grown in New Zealand

New Zealand’s apple orchards receive abundant sunshine from spring to autumn, so from blossom to the picking season they are bathed in bright, clear sunlight.  They also receive regular rainfall, which ensures apples grow to a large size and have a maximum amount of juice. In addition to ample sunshine and water, New Zealand apples benefit from skilful, environmentally-responsible orchard management that ensures the apples you eat are safe, as well as crisp and delicious.

“New Zealand grows the best and safest apples in the world.” Alan Pollard, CEO Apples and Pears NZ Inc
Hands holding a Sonya apple


Meet John McLaren

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.


Ensuring the best Sonya experience

All apples like to be kept cool, so the best place to store them is in the fridge. Keep your apples in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes punched in it or cover them with a damp paper towel.

About Freshco

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  • For more than 30 years, Freshco has been supplying high quality New Zealand produce to the world.
  • We have a pip-to-plate operation for apple growing. As well as orchards, our operation includes packing houses and cool stores, so that we can ensure fruit is properly cared for every step of the way.
  • We have a dedicated marketing and logistics team who ship more than 4,000 TEU container equivalents to our global customer seach year.
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