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The Honeycrisp apple has a nearly perfect balance of sweet, with a hint of tart and is very juicy. Honeycrisp apples do not store well in controlled atmosphere, so enjoy them while they're available.

Scientific Binomial Name: Malus domestica


The Honeycrisp is best when eaten fresh, but does fairly well when cooked. It doesn't tend to hold together well for pies, but has an excellent flavor for apple sauce.


Good-quality Honeycrisp apples will be firm with smooth, clean skin and have good color for the variety which will vary from solid light red through a combination of red, yellow and orange, streaked with green.

Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. (Do not push with your thumb). It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.


Avoid product with soft or dark spots.

If the apple skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across it, the apple has probably been in cold storage too long or has not been kept cool.


To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator.

Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5°F.


Apples won't ripen further after being picked. Some apples will convert their starches into sugar after being picked, but this is known as "curing", and is best achieved by leaving fruit in the refrigerator - never sitting at room temperature.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.

  • Tips & Trivia
  • Rub cut apples with lemon juice to keep slices and wedges creamy white for hours.

    Store apples in a plastic bag in the refrigerator away from strong-odored foods such as cabbage or onions to prevent flavor transfer.

    A seedling cross between Macoun and Honeygold, the apple we know as Honeycrisp was first planted in 1962 in Minnesota, but were in a low-lying test orchard and did not perform well. In 1982, researchers rediscovered the trees & loved the apples. The Honeycrisp was released to the public in 1991.

    The history of apple consumption dates from Stone Age cultivation in areas we now know as Austria and Switzerland. In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.

    Folk hero Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) did indeed spread the cultivation of apples in the United States. He knew enough about apples, however, so that he did not distribute seeds, because apples do not grow true from seeds. Instead, he established nurseries in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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