Farmers Claim New Washington ‘Cosmic Crisp’ Apple Variety Lasts ‘For More Than A Year’ – About To Hit US Stores

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I love apples – pretty much all varieties. But you can certainly tell when most of them are treated to stay red-looking and fresher longer. Sometimes they taste akin to cardboard… they are pithy and inedible. Now, Washington State University researchers have come up with an apple that lasts up to a year in the fridge. I wonder what that tastes like.

On Sunday, a new variety of apple that has taken two decades to develop was introduced. Farmers are calling it a miracle. The Cosmic Crisp is a super-sweet fruit named for the bright yellowish dots on its skin that look like cosmic stars and is expected to hit grocery stores in the U.S. this week. It was developed by Washington State University’s (WSU) fruit tree breeding program.

From Fox News:

“After decades of cross-pollinating, tasting and testing, along with research and development with Washington State University’s world-class tree fruit breeding program, the Cosmic Crisp® apple was discovered,” according to the Cosmic Crisp website. “WSU researchers, including pome fruit breeder Kate Evans, have invented a new variety that will change the face of the industry and win enthusiasm among consumers with a combination of taste, texture, and usability.”

“Evans says it was created with the idea of crossing two varieties of apples that have their own unique traits and might be paired well together. The process is called “cross-hybridization,” which she told The Guardian is not the same as genetic modification.

“The apples are a cross between the Enterprise and Honeycrisp apples, which she says gives them a higher shelf life, while still holding their naturally sweet flavor. Enterprise apples have a natural resistance to browning and disease, and the Honeycrisp is known for being sweet.

“The apple’s launch has reportedly cost $10 million, and 450,000 40-pound boxes were expected to be shipped to retailers on Sunday, according to The Spokesman-Review.

“The 600,000 Cosmic Crisp trees were sold to farmers in 2017 and 10 million new trees have been planted since, according to The Guardian. The trees take three years to produce a crop.

“It creates an interest in the apples and I think that will benefit all varieties and the apple growers as a whole,” Scott McIlrath, who planted 5,000 Cosmic Crisp trees, told KIMA.

“He said the economic effect the new apple might have on other farmers won’t be felt for a couple of years.

“Farmers in Washington — the largest state supplier of apples in the U.S. — are allowed to exclusively grow the fruit for the next decade.

“Apples are the second-highest selling fruit in the U.S. following bananas.”

These apples were bred to feature “naturally higher levels of acidity and sugar,” so much so that one can use less sugar while baking, researchers claim. They also say that it’s “naturally slow to brown when cut and maintains its texture and flavor in storage for more than a year.”

If the taste is as good as they claim and they last as long as they say, these apples are truly a breakthrough in produce. They say it is firm and very sweet… it’s an excellent eating apple. I can’t wait to try one.

Sources: Fox News, The Guardian, The Seattle Times, BBC News

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