The Apple with a Tropical Twist

Piñata® 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 Piñata®. The apple was released commercially throughout Europe in 1986. In 2004, the Mathison family of Stemilt Growers purchased the rights to grow and market the apple in the U.S. The family trademarked the apple Piñata® in order to tie the apple’s two given names in Europe (Pinova and Sonata) with its exciting attributes.

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Exterior: Full red to stripy red over a yellow-orange background

Interior: Very crisp and juicy, with a bright white flesh

Experience: Piñata apples are crisp and juicy, with classic apple flavors and a tropical twist

Nutritional Facts Learn more here!

Piñata® apples are available under the Stemilt label, while organic Piñata apples can be found under our Artisan OrganicsTM label.

When can I find Piñata® ?

Piñata® is harvested in mid-October at Stemilt’s Washington State orchards and available from November through May each year.

Fun Facts

  • Deemed Apple of the Year in Germany in 2001
  • Pinova is the cultivar name of trees that produce Piñata apples
  • This apple is social! Like the apple on Facebook.
  • We also have a number of Piñata® apple recipes you can check out.
There's An Apple for That

There’s an Apple for That

Gala? Pink Lady? Granny Smith? Each apple variety has its own unique flavor, texture, color and cooking properties.

Find out which variety will work best for your next recipe or food pairing at our guide, There’s An Apple for That.