|Discovered||1970s New Zealand|
|Parentage||A sport of Gala|
Royal Gala is a red strain of Gala, a New Zealand native that is among the most widely grown apples in the world. Medium in size and conical, Royal Gala has stunning red-orange color deeper than its parent, but shares its sweet, pear-like flavor. It is an all-purpose apple and outstanding for fresh eating.
Royal Gala was named by W. M. McKenzie in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who was so impressed with Gala given to her during a visit to the orchard that she requested more. She was not the only monarch to travel to the orchard where Royal Gala was discovered: the Queen of Netherlands visited in 1971.