Pinata® brand Pinova cultivar 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.
This 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.
Beyond its snazzy name and heirloom heritage, Pinata is one of the most versatile apples available today. Its crisp bite and great flavor make it ideal for eating fresh-out-of-hand, while its thin skin and fine-grained texture makes it a smart choice for salads and baking. Pinata has been included in dishes ranging from gourmet pork belly or tenderloin to classic apple pie and Stemilt has many Pinata apple recipes.
Exterior: Stripy bright red over a yellow-orange background
Interior: Very crisp and juicy Bright white
Eating Experience: Crisp and juicy - classic apple flavors with a tropical twist
How To Use Pinata Apples
Snacking, salads, juicing, baking, and freezing
When Can I Find Pinata Apples
Pinata is available from November through May each year.
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Pinata Apple FUN Facts
- 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
- This apple is social! Like the apple on Facebook.
- We also have a number of Pinata apple recipes to check out.
Meet the 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.
The Mathison family 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.