This is probably one rare dark fruit you’ve never heard of. You are quite used to the red, green, yellow apples or a combination of these colours but you never knew that in the right geographical condition, apples can grow dark purple, almost black colour. That’s what is called black diamond apples and they only exist in the mountains of Tibet. Even experienced apple growers agree that this is a bit of a mystery.
Black Diamond apples are a breed of Hua Niu apples (also known as Chinese Red Delicious) that get their unique dark purple color from the geographical conditions of Nyingchi, in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The 50-hectare orchard set up her by Chinese company Dandong Tianluo Sheng Nong E-Commerce Trade Co., Ltd. has an elevation of 3100 meters above sea level, making it the ideal place to grow these intriguing fruit. The temperature differences between day and night are significant, and the fruits get a lot of sunlight and ultraviolet light which causes their skin to go from the characteristic deep red of Hua Niu apples, to dark purple.
Black Diamond apples are purple, gleaming, and have a nice texture. From the outside, the apples almost look like candle wax, and are as beautiful as a diamond. That is how they got their name,” Ms. Yu Wenxin, Market Director at at Dandong Tianluo Sheng Nong E-Commerce Trade Co., Ltd., told Fresh Plaza.
Production at the Nyingchi orchard started in 2015, three years after the trees were planted, but, due to a number of factors, they can only be found in a select number of high-end supermarkets in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and are usually sold in gift packages of 6 to 8 fruits. According to Tencent News, the price of Black Diamond apples is around 50 yuan per fruit.
Black Diamond apples remain a mystery and subject of controversy. Oddity Central report’s that part from the handful of sources listed in this article, there really isn’t much information about them online. Some users of the Growing Fruit forums, for example, are convinced these dark purple apples don’t really exist, while others claim that the photos circulating online have been enhanced to make the fruits darker than they really are. But until someone gets their hands on a Black Diamond apple, there’s really no way to know who’s right.