Jan 21, 2021
EverCrisp apples begin to make their mark in Michigan

Michigan apple lovers have a new variety to get excited about with the EverCrisp, a cross between Honeycrisp and Fuji.

This late-season apple stores well and is long-lasting, boasting even better quality coming out of storage. The variety shares the sweet and crisp qualities of its parent varieties and can last for weeks without refrigeration.

“This rosy-colored, crisp apple is a fairly new variety grown across the Midwest, including right here in Michigan,” Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee, said in a news release. “Many Michigan growers have invested in EverCrisp tree plantings that have now come into bearing. The variety can be found at many retailers and grocery chains across Michigan and throughout the United States. It’s a great apple similar to Honeycrisp but most widely available after the New Year, when it comes out of storage with great flavor and a crisp, juicy crunch.”

EverCrisp, also known as MAIA-1, was actually “born” in 1998 as Midwest apple growers were seeking an exciting new variety. Mitch Lynd of Lynd Fruit Farms in Pataksala, Ohio, set out on a mission to develop apple varieties that were flavorful, crunchy and crisp avoiding his region’s unpredictable winter/spring weather patterns. Lynd co-founded the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) – an apple breeding project that enabled growers of all sizes to participate in developing new, superior varieties. The MAIA-1 variety arose from a cross made in spring 1998 when Lynd collected apple blossoms from a Fuji tree, removed the pollen, and used it to pollinate Honeycrisp tree flowers.

“Of course, like many other varieties, we believe the best-tasting EverCrisp are grown in Michigan,” said Smith. “This variety was developed to thrive in Midwest climates and Michigan has the ideal climate and geography for growing apples. Once consumers taste this variety, we know they will come back for more!”

This sweet, juicy and firm apple has been an instant hit among apple lovers. It maintains its crunch and sweet flavor like no other, holding its taste and firmness for months. It can be found in major grocery stores across the Midwest as well is the eastern and southern parts of the U.S.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world.

For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.




Current Issue

Startup claims first vertically grown, commercially sold strawberries

FGN’s 60th Anniversary: Farm labor challenges span decades

Tree fruit group targets Michigan growers’ concerns

How California is protecting its winegrapes

Blueberry growers dedicated to organic practices for more than 40 years

SNAP opportunities for your market expanded

Notes from the Farm column: Taking a seat best way to continue with the job

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: Agricultural workforce plays key role in times of crisis

see all current issue »

75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345

616.520.2137

Get one year of Fruit Growers News in both print and digital editions for only $15.50.

Interested in reading the print edition of Fruit Growers News?

Subscribe Today »


Be sure to check out our sister sites:
produceprocessingsm
website development by deyo designs