Honeycrisp apple was developed by Dr. David Bedford at the University of Minnesota in 1960. After numerous trials it was released to the public in 1991. Honeycrisp was aptly named for its sweet and extremely juicy fruit that is often described as “explosively crisp”. This variety stays crisp for a very long time in cold storage and is known for its excellent keeping qualities. A premium quality apple for fresh use.
We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing.
Relished by deer and numerous small mammals.
Annual pruning needed to promote better light penetration and air flow thru canopy for best colored and flavored fruits.
This variety is very resistant to apple scab. Honeycrisp has very low vigor, is somewhat biennial bearing and is slow to start bearing fruit. All of these reasons are why a premium price is charged for this apple at orchards and supermarkets. Despite these issues, it remains the most requested apple variety in the Midwest by apple consumers due to its wonderful flavor and explosively crisp flesh. It now sets a new standard for all eating apples.
Best fruit quality is obtained by growing in areas with cool climates. Although it performs well in the upper Midwest, New England area and anywhere where McIntosh Apple can be successfully grown, growers in the south and west coast find that it often colors poorly in their warmer growing season.
Designated the “Official State Fruit of Minnesota” in 2006 by the state of Minnesota.
Honeycrisp must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.