Cosmic Crisp: New apple that 'lasts for a year'

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 3, 2019

Cosmic Crisp - is a cross-breed of the Honeycrisp and Enterprise and was first cultivated by Washington State University in 1997.

"It has this blend of juice and flavor and is very crisp that we think is going to change the apple category", said West Mathison, President of Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee. And planting is exclusively licensed to farmers in the state of Washington for the next decade.

More than 12 million Cosmic Crisp trees have been planted and a strict licensing system does not permit farmers to grow the apples in other parts of the country. The department of horticulture at Washington State University started developing the Cosmic Crisp in 1997, when the state's apple growers - who primarily grew Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples - began to face tough competition from sweet breeds like the Pink Lady and the Royal Gala.

"I'm a fifth generation farmer". "We've been growing apples for a long time". "Having been partnered with WSU, we were basically testing lots of varieties and this one really rose to the surface after a lot of years of testing".

© AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Washington apple growers hope the Cosmic Crisp, a new breed of apple that can supposedly stay fresh for 10 to 12 months in the refrigerator, takes over the global market.

Shoppers at this University Village QFC are among the first to try it.

Sandra Enger was excited for the new variety.

Mathison said the new breed will only be available for about two months this year because it's the first harvest. More than 467,000 40-lb boxes are projected to ship in 2019, increasing to 5.6 million by 2021. In 2020, there should be more than 2 million boxes and more than 21 million by 2026.

According to the researchers, this is because the Cosmic Crunch exhibits none of the typical storage disorders that plague lesser apples, such as internal browning, chilling injuries, shriveling or a sensitivity to carbon dioxide and low oxygen.

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