4 years ago

What makes Honeycrisp apples so different?

Back in 1977, there were only four Honeycrisp apple trees in existence – and they were almost thrown away because of a less than impressive harvest. Their original “parent” tree had died during the cold winter of 1974-75. Luckily, a University of Minnesota fruit breeder stepped in and saved these four apple trees from extinction, moving them to a more desirable growing location – and the apples took off!

Fast-forward to today, where Honeycrisp apples are now the Minnesota state fruit and known around the world for their sweet taste, incredible juiciness and distinctive crunch. The difference goes right down to a cellular level: When studied under an electron microscope, Honeycrisp cells are nearly double the size of cells in most other apples, which accounts for their unique texture.

Created to flourish in cooler northern climates like their native Minnesota, Honeycrisp apples are now grown in Wisconsin, Michigan, New England and upstate New York, as well as places as far off as New Zealand during the off seasons. When stored in the refrigerator, they can stay fresh and juicy for up to six months. They’re wonderful in salads, baking, cooking, and especially good eaten whole, as a snack.

Look for Honeycrisp apples in our produce department.

Sources:

Honeycrisp Apples official site
Esquire
Minnesota Harvest
Wikipedia
Washington Apples
Pepin Heights