EverCrisp: combining Honeycrisp and Fujis
A new apple variety from the Great Lakes is increasing in availability this year.
Michigan Apple Committee executive director Diane Smith tells Brownfield growers have been adding EverCrisp trees to orchards for about five years and the 2020 harvest was finally large enough for more widespread distribution.
“It’s still not the volume that you’re going to be able to find a Honeycrisp or a Fuji so you definitely need to be on the lookout for these,” she says.
The EverCrisp was developed in Ohio, crossing Honeycrisp and Fuji apples to meet taste preferences of consumers and provide improved traits for growing and storing in the Midwest. Smith says this February the apples are coming out of storage for a limited time.
“If it goes into storage, it comes out just as great as it went in which is true for most varieties, but this one really seems to excel in storage,” she says.
She says EverCrisp is the first new variety to enter the market in a big way since the Honeycrisp which came out in the early 2000s.