My posts are usually about writing fiction or the effect of technology on our lives. Yet my last post was about a new piece of fruit (you heard me): an apple engineered in Washington State to reignite the Washington apple industry. Cosmic Crisp has been under development for more than 20 years and is a crossbreed of the popular Honeycrisp and Enterprise varieties. It is described as beautifully red, very crisp, wonderfully sweet and possessing extraordinary staying power in the fridge. As in one year staying power in the fridge. What the heck?!
They are but a trickle of the apples coming out of Washington now, but by next season that trickle may well become a torrent. And Washington state is the only place on the planet they will be coming from for the foreseeable future.
According to USA Today, the State of Washington, America’s biggest apple producer, has negotiated with Washington State University, the breed developer, for exclusive rights to the apple until 2027. The growers there have invested millions in Cosmic Crisp trees.
I brought my first Cosmic Crisp home to sample today. I’m here to tell you that the new “Big Red” of the apple industry comes pretty much as advertised. If you are a Honeycrisp fan I think you’ll love this apple. It has crisp skin, a creamy yellow flesh like a delicious, but a comparatively small core. It’s mostly all apple.
It was so named because of its Honeycrisp lineage and red skin speckled with little golden spots like a star field. It does indeed live up to it’s name, getting five stars from my household.
If you like your apples tart, maybe it’s not for you, but if you like them sweet with a crisp snap—your apple has landed!
Richard A. Lee is the author of the technothriller “HIGH GROUND”