Comic book loving fitness enthusiasts might want to gear up their senses for this one, for mutants are out there. Before you get excited, this isn't some epic rivalry between Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto - well if apples came alive, it might happen then.
The Fuji bring you just that. It was initially an apple clone developed by Japanese growers in the late 1930s. Crossed between American varieties, Red Delicious and Virginia Ralls Genet, the Fuji apple has continued to grow in the global markets ever since its conception.
Some mistake the apple to be named after Mount fuji apple, but in reality it bears its nomenclature roots from Fujisaki - the Japanese town where the Fuji apple was first made. Their signature largeness and spherical shape has given apple lovers worldwide, a new crispier and sweeter experience.
An average apple would be 75 mm in diameter and have over 10% sugar in weight. Their long shelf life, without refrigeration, makes Fuji not just a tastier choice but perhaps even more convenient with the consumers. They can last a year without any controlled temperature conditions. There's a reason they're so popular.
Not just popular in Japan, this also form as large as 80% of China's annual growth. Even America has been taken by the charm of the Fuji. Introduced in the 80s to the American market, Fuji tops the charts when it comes to convenience due to its multi faceted usability.
You could swap any sugary snack for a Fuji apple and you wouldn't know the difference. Use the Fuji apple in an apple pie, may be call it a Fuji apple pie - Christmas comes every year but Fuji apple pies might make it last the entire year, like themselves.
Washington's a key production area for the Fuji in America. Harvested in October, you can buy them whenever you want. New varieties of the Fuji apples are developed constantly, sometimes by choice and otherwise by pure accident.
Some breeding programs take two decades to develop the perfect kind of Fuji apple. With more than seven thousand varieties to choose from, only the best ones are selected for the trademark crunch and sweetness that would later be exhibited by the Fuji apple.
Following hybridisation, the apple is pollinated and grown. Seeds of the new produce are germinated in a greenhouse. These take somewhere between three years and a decade to give out the apple.
It's said that only one in 10,000 are selected after the screening processes. The whole process can happen by itself as well, but obviously the chances are highly rare. Fuji lovers might say they are too rare but there are large scale productions set up to meet the high demand for them. An average orchard is about 50 acres while some of the largest stretch as far as 3,000 acres.
Nearly twenty different kinds of apples which have an American patent now, a lot more out there unpatented and perhaps undiscovered completely.