Pinova (Piñata) Apple Review

"A Papier Mache Fruit Husk"

50
Barely Worth Eating
Pinova (Piñata) Apple

The Pinova apple (also branded as Piñata) probably should be beaten to a pulp with a baseball bat until the sweet innards drip onto the grasses of your backyard as a feast for ants. While it does have an intense sweet and juicy taste, that some breeders claim to invoke pineapple, this tropical depression is nothing more than a thick-skinned, papier mache fruit husk filled with off-brand hard candies. Skip the party, stay home and eat a Gala.

2022 UPDATE: The fresher apples are not mealy, major upgrade on flesh but with freshness comes worse density. Taste +1, Crispness +1, Skin -1, Flesh +3, Juiciness -1, Density -2. Horse Food -> Not Worth Eating.

Taste
Crispness
Skin
Flesh
Juiciness
Density
Beauty
Branding / Consistency
Cost/Availability

- FLAVOR PROFILE -

SWEETNESS

3/5

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3/5

TARTNESS

1.5/5

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1.5/5

INTENSITY

3/5

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3/5
PINOVA APPLE BIO

PARENTAGE

Cox’s Orange Pippin x

Duchess of Oldenburg x

Golden Delicious

ORIGIN

Germany

YEAR

1986

AVAILABILITY

Winter – Early Summer

BEST USES

Munching, Desserts

OTHER NAMES

Piñata, Corail, Sonata

9 thoughts on “Pinova (Piñata) Apple Review”

  1. I’ve been privately reviewing apples so I can remember what I like (my memory is awful). I always thought that *i* was florid, catty, and uncharitable…but I think I’ll just keep a list of names and leave the reviews to you.

  2. We just bought 10 apples while visiting the Apple Barn in Sevierville, Tennessee. We are keeping a list and ranking them as we try them.

    These are the varieties we snagged on this trip:
    1. Mutsu
    2. Jona Gold
    3. Staymen Winesap
    4. Cameo
    6. September Wonder
    7. Pink lady
    8. Arkansas Black
    9. Piñata
    10. Crimson Crisp
    11. Rome

    So far we’ve only sampled the September Wonder, Arkansas Black, and Piñata. The piñata was our favorite of the three! It was more crisp than a golden delicious, and had a tangy initial flavor followed by various levels of sweetness. We loved the September Wonder when we tried it first, but the Piñata had much more depth of flavor. Perhaps you got one that wasn’t quite in season?

  3. I agree wholeheartedly, but would like to add, the piñata apples I tried (and on Rosh Hashanah of all times ) had this awful somehow bitter and savory aftertaste. Savory is not a flavor apples should be?? Betrayed by the pretty apples with an interesting name

  4. I think they’re a lot better this year. crisper, juicier, skin doesn’t seem as thick. I was pleasantly surprised.

  5. We feel in love with the pinova at an apple tasting and have a prolific tree that we are just harvesting in northwest Washington state. I think the harvesting window for great taste is pretty short going from green/red to yellow/red. Once they are a bright yellow/red they are past their prime I think.

  6. I ate one of these, loved it, and came to the review ready to fight. Then I ate another, which had about 1/3rd the flavor of the first one. Then I ate another, which had some of the flavor but the texture was way worse. Then I ate another that was good again. Then another that was bad.

    So, honestly, fair review. That level of inconsistency in a single bag just made me sad!

  7. I haven’t been able to find these since I tried them like 14 years ago. I really liked them, but in the back of my mind, I was hoping there would be a Rolo in the center.

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