The Apple With A Crunch Everyone Loves
Honeycrisp is the apple that probably needs no introduction at all. Honeycrisp apples were discovered in 1960 as part of the University of Minnesota’s apple breeding program. Researcher David Bedford used traditional cross-pollination methods to develop the now infamous Honeycrisp. It was destined to be thrown out, but he saved it from being discarded. The parentage of Honeycrisp was originally believed to be Macoun and Honeygold but that was debunked in 2004. In 2017, the parents of Honeycrisp were finally uncovered! That’s when Nick Howard, a University of Minnesota graduate student used DNA sequencing to confirm that Honeycrisp is a combination of two University of Minnesota apples, Keepsake and MN1627, an unreleased variety that is no longer available.
It takes years to prepare a new variety for commercial production. Though they were discovered in 1960, Honeycrisp apples didn’t make their way onto the scene in 1991. Today, Honeycrisp apples are one of the most sought after apples in the U.S., with volume growing as new plantings come into production each year.
Exterior: Blushed scarlet over a yellow background
Interior: Creamy white flesh that breaks apart easily
Experience: Juicy, with a refreshing sweetness similar to fresh apple cider. Just like the name implies, Honeycrisp apples are crisp, with a unique texture that fractures cleanly with each bite
Honeycrisp apples are available under the Stemilt label, while organic Honeycrisp apples can be found under our Artisan OrganicsTM label.
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When can I find Honeycrisp ?
Honeycrisp apples are harvested in Washington State in September, and you can find Honeycrisp from Stemilt from September through May.
- The Honeycrisp apple is the official state fruit of Minnesota, thanks to petitioning from students at Andersen Elementary School in Bayport, MN.
- Honeycrisp benefits from a good shelf life when stored in cool, dry places.
- Honeycrisp is the mother apple in another successful new apple variety developed by University of Minnesota, called SweeTango®.
- Honeycrisp is one of the fantastic apple varieties available in Stemilt's Lil Snappers kid-sized apples.
- Learn why Honeycrisp apples are a must-try on our blog, The Stem.