This apple art form follows a very ancient tradition, which reached its peak in the 19th century in France.
The colouring of the fruit is done by placing a bag around each fruit, then unwrapping it and placing a stencil against it at key stages of its growth.
The method was reinvented in Japan in 1970. The city of Hirosaki, in Aomori Prefecture, has been renowned for its regular production of its fruits. The fruit gardens at Laquenexy, France also produces these illustrated apples. They last for up to 6 months.