What’s with all the Honeycrisp strains?

By |2020-07-24T18:54:15+00:00July 24th, 2020|Apple, Varieties|

The Honeycrisp apple variety is widely credited with reviving the apple industry. Once consumers caught on to the incredible quality, flavor, and texture of this apple, growers rapidly began expanding Honeycrisp plantings. Developed by the University of Minnesota, the original Honeycrisp strain tends to produce better colored fruit for growers located in northern, cold climates like Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and New York. Even in these climates, there are years where Honeycrisp does not achieve great color.

To remedy these coloring challenges, new Honeycrisp strains have been introduced. These strains offer redder Honeycrisp that color earlier. Another new Honeycrisp strain described below doesn’t offer better color, but it does ripen three weeks earlier, extending the Honeycrisp season considerably.

Honeycrisp, Minn. 1711. cv.

  • A highly popular variety for fresh market and packing
  • Ripens 15 days before Red Delicious (mid September in Michigan)
  • Variable coloration, colder climates have better coloring
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Varieties from the Midwest Apple Improvement Association

By |2020-07-01T18:17:40+00:00July 1st, 2020|Apple, Varieties|

The Midwest Apple Improvement Association is an organization founded by growers with the goal of producing quality apple varieties. Unlike other managed varieties which are not open to all growers, MAIA varieties are open to any commercial grower willing to become a MAIA member (currently only $100 per year).

So far Evercrisp® and possibly Ludacrisp® are the two varieties that have s

own potential for large commercial pack out sales. Both varieties are also highly popular in direct marketing settings such as farm stands and markets. Several of the other MAIA varieties may also be ideal for your farm stand or u-pick.

MAIA 1 – Evercrisp®

Evercrisp an excellent eating apple with a big crunch, sweet-tart flavor, and astounding keeping ability. This has been the most successful release from the MAIA. The EverCrisp® apple tree was released in 2012 and is a cross between Fuji and Honeycrisp. According to MAIA, the fruit does not […]