Honey Crisp Apples
Honey Crisp Apple
© Denzil Green
Honey Crisp Apples are large, growing up to 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) wide.
The skin is yellow and green covered with red blushes. The cream-coloured flesh is very crisp and juicy, with a coarse texture and a slightly tart taste.
The tree stands up well to very cold winters, and starts producing fruit in 3 to 5 years. The branches need thinning.
The stem needs to be hand-snipped during harvesting to avoid bruising.
Producers are betting big on this apple and planting the tree heavily, so expect to see lots of it. Problems are cropping up, though: in storage, the apples develop what is called "soft scald", which is mooshy brown patches on and under the skin.
In Europe, the apple is marketed as " Honeycrunch".
Luby would later help develop the SweeTango apple.
In the fall of 2005, a man named Waldo Walsh, president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association (Canada), announced that many members of the association were hoping for government funding over the course of the next 5 years to help finance the tearing out of 10% of the trees at that time in their orchards and replacing them with Honeycrisp plantings. Their orchards had consisted mostly of McIntosh apple trees.
The patent on Honey Crisp expired in 2008.
CBC News. McIntosh apples out in Nova Scotia, Honeycrisp in. 12 October 2005. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/10/12/mcintosh_051012.html.
Elton, Sarah. Food fight: When A is for apple and H is for hype. Toronto, Canada: The Globe and Mail. 9 March 2010.
Wilson, Ken. New Apple Cultivars: Honeycrisp. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs. 15 June 2001.
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