The Opal® brand apple was discovered in Europe in 1999. This new apple-flavor stems from a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Topaz.
Over the last 12 years, Opal® brand apple has been tested in 63 orchards throughout Europe and the Mediterranean.
In March of 2010, Opal® brand apple made its debut appearance in the United States grown exclusively by Ralph Broetje, Broetje Orchards in Washington State. Opal® Brand apple is being marketed and distributed exclusively in North America by FirstFruits Marketing of Washington.