Illustration of Gala apples; by Stefanie Kreuzer, b13 GmbH (CC BY-SA 4.0)


The Gala apple trees resulted from a cross between a Kidd's Orange Red and a Golden Delicious and were first planted in New Zealand in the 1930s by James Hutton Kidd.

In October 1974, an employee of Stark Bros Nursery received a US plant patent for the cultivar. 

The cultivar has been one of the most popular in Switzerland and Germany as well as the UK and the USA.

The small to medium-sized Gala apple with its intense red colour on a golden-yellow background and vertical stripes is a sweet and aromatic apple with fine texture. 

It is ideal snacking, cooking, salads and sauces.

Side note: If you tend to have an allergic reaction to some apples, the Gala apple is known to be especially unsuitable.

Red apples on wooden floor; Photo by Pexels, Suzy Hazelwood
© Pexels, Suzy Hazelwood

Like most apples, Gala apples are available for sale almost all year due to controlled atmosphere and cold storage.

In the northern hemisphere they are grown from May through September. The Gala apple available in Europe is mosty imported from Chile and New Zealand.
Other countries like the UK, France, the USA, China, Argentinia and Brasil cultivate the trees commercially as well.

The tree grows rather long and strong branches. Although the branches tend to break easily, the trees can grow a high number of apples at the same time.


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