Approximate Ripening: Late August – Early September
Trivia: Mystery surrounds Honeycrisp’s parentage. We know it was developed at the University of Minnesota starting in 1960 and that it came to market in 1991. Upon release, the University announced that Honeycrisp was a cross between Honeygold and Macoun. Later, however, DNA testing indicated that neither of those apples are parents to Honeycrisp. Instead, one parent is Keepsake. The other? An unknown apple that stole away in the night, leaving Honeycrisp to be raised in a single-parent family. Don’t cry for Honeycrisp, though: it has become one the most popular apples on the market.
Notes: Sweet apple lovers, take note. Honeycrisp is one of the titans of sweet apples for eating out of hand. There’s a reason people run on their grocery’s produce department when the Honeycrisps arrive! But you haven’t tried a Honeycrisp until you have tried a Rittman Honeycrisp. Fresh-picked, never waxed, never traveled; it makes all the difference.