New ‘Cosmic Crisp’ apple with year-long storage life poised to hit stores in December 2019

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Image: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

An apple a day… a year in the fridge, they may stay.

A new type of apple was launched [December 1] that took more than two decades to develop and reportedly could keep for more than a year in storage, according to farmers.

The Cosmic Crisp — a super-sweet fruit named for the bright yellowish dots on its skin that look like cosmic stars — is expected to hit grocery stores in the U.S. [the week of December 2]. It was developed by Washington State University’s (WSU) fruit tree breeding program.

“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.”

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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.

Read full, original article: New ‘Cosmic Crisp’ apple variety lasts ‘for more than a year,’ farmers say

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