The Apple You’ll Rave About

Meet Rave®, the newest apple variety at Stemilt Growers. Rave® is the brand name for an apple cultivar called MN55 that was bred naturally through cross-pollination by David Bedford at the University of Minnesota’s apple breeding program. He’s the same researcher that developed the popular Honeycrisp and SweeTango® apple varieties!

The very best MN55 apples are the ones that will go to market as Rave® apples. Part Honeycrisp, and part MonArk (an early to ripen apple from Arkansas), Rave® is the first apple to harvest in Washington State, coming off the trees in late July. The early harvest is exciting as Stemilt will get to share fresh apples with you far earlier than normal. It’s also a very unusual characteristic for an apple as most apples don’t harvest in Washington until mid-August or September. Beyond being early, Rave® apples offer an incredible eating experience – it’s outrageously juicy with a refreshing and snappy zing.


Exterior: Beautiful bright red skin that nearly covers a yellow background

Interior: Crisp and fine white flesh that is extremely juicy

Experience: Outrageously juicy with a refreshing snappy zing

Nutritional Facts Learn more here!

Rave® apples are available each August. Look for the ladybug on the sticker or specially marked packages.

When can I find Rave® ?

Rave® apples will be available from Stemilt every August.

Fun Facts

  • Rave® is a non-GMO apple. You can read more about how Stemilt’s new apple varieties are developed in The Stem blog.
  • Apple breeder David Bedford crossed Honeycrisp and MonArk to create what we now know as Rave® apples in 1997
  • Stemilt Growers holds the license to grow, pack and market Rave® apples in North America
  • This apple was given the trademark name, Rave®, to play off its exciting attributes and incredible crunch and juicy flavor
There's An Apple for That

There’s an Apple for That

Gala? Pink Lady? Granny Smith? Each apple variety has its own unique flavor, texture, color and cooking properties.

Find out which variety will work best for your next recipe or food pairing at our guide, There’s An Apple for That.