Honeycrisp Apple Tree Overview
The University of Minnesota’s Horticultural Research Center created this honey sweet and crisp Honeycrisp apple tree. In fact, they started to develop this apple tree in the early 1960s and introduced it in the 1990’s for its cold hardiness. Since then, it has become one of the most delicious cold hardy apple varieties! Moreover, the Honeycrisp apple tree has a mysterious and unclear parentage. At first, scientists thought is was a cross between Macoun and Honeygold. However, DNA testing in 2017 showed that it had origins resembling Golden Delicious and Duchess of Oldenburg.
Surprisingly, the Minnesota Research Center was going to throw away the Honeycrisp apple tree. But we are so glad it didn’t! Firstly, Honeycrisp has cells which are about double the size of normal apples and consequently they release a large burst of sweet juice and flavor. In addition it doesn’t become brown when you slice it. Therefore, it has not only become the third-most popular variety in North America, but has also become the official state fruit of Minnesota. In conclusion, Honeycrisp is our beloved orphan apple which many have since adopted and loved.
- Uses: Eat fresh. Wonderful in salads and pies!
- Taste: Sweet-tart/crisp. A very sweet and juicy flavor!
- Size: Large
- Color: Yellow and red blush apple with cream colored flesh
- Hardiness Zones: 3-7
- Disease resistance
- Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
- Fireblight: Some resistance
- Mildew: Some susceptibility
- Scab: Very resistant
- Bitter pit: Some susceptibility
- Harvest period: September
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross Pollinates with: Enterprise, Galarina, Pink Lady, Pristine, and Sansa to name a few.
- Cultivation: This apple tree is very precocious and bears fruit within four years. Additionally, it has moderate vigour, growing especially well on dwarf root stock.
- Storage: You can store the apples for up to 5 months without the apple losing its flavor.