Fresh Pinata Apples
Pinata® is Stemilt’s signature apple variety. In the 1970s, researchers in Dresden-Pillnitz, Germany crossed three heirloom apples – Golden Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin, and Duchess of Oldenburg – to create what we now know as Pinata. The apple was released commercially throughout Europe in 1986.
The Mathison family, who own and operate Stemilt, had been looking for an apple to call their own for a long time. In 2004, after successfully testing the apple in their eastern Washington orchards, they purchased the rights to grow and market the variety in the U.S. The family trademarked the apple Pinata in order to tie the apple’s two given names (Pinova and Sonata) with its exciting attributes.
Today, Stemilt grows apples with quality and flavor in mind. The Pinata apple thrives in eastern Washington’s arid climate and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after apples thanks to its unique tropical flavor and culinary attributes.
How To Use Pinata Apples
Snacking, salads, baking, sauces, roasting, and any culinary dish
When Can I Find Pinata Apples
Pinata apples are available from November to May each year.
Exterior: Stripy bright red over a yellow-orange background
Interior: Very crisp and juicy Bright white
Eating Experience: Crisp and juicy, Pinata has classic apple flavors with a tropical twist
Look For The Ladybug
Stemilt also grows Pinata apples organically under the Artisan Organics label.
Pinata Apple Fun Facts
- Pinata was deemed Apple of the Year in Germany in 2001
- The name Pinata comes from combining two syllables of the apple’s two European names, Pinova and Sonata
- Pinova is the cultivar name of trees that produce Pinata apples
- Pinata is social! Like the apple on Facebook.
- We also have a number of Pinata apple recipes to check out.
Meet the Growers
Pinata apples are grown exclusively in eastern Washington by the Mathison family and a few other select Stemilt growers.
The Mathisons have a rich family farming legacy that dates back to 1893. That's when the first generation homesteaded 160 acres atop Stemilt Hill, a high-elevation region that overlooks the mighty Columbia River and town of Wenatchee, WA. Recognizing the fertile soils and ideal climate of the region, the Mathisons planted their first 10 acres of apples, pears, and cherries in the mid 1900s.
Today, the fourth and fifth generations of Mathisons continue the family farming tradition. They grow a variety of tree fruits in eastern Washington, including their exclusive apple variety, Pinata.