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For the first time, the Honeycrisp enters top 5 of 'most grown apples' in America

The popularity of the University of Minnesota-developed apple is growing.

The Honeycrisp apple is now one of the five most grown apples in the United States for the first time.

The U.S. Apple Association announced last week that the Honeycrisp, developed right here by the University of Minnesota, is now the fifth most produced apple in the country.

It's knocked the Golden Delicious into sixth, and its growing popularity is such that if the current trend continues, it will soon usurp the Fuji (4th) and Granny Smith (3rd).

Last year, there were 19.3 million Honeycrisps produced in America, which this year is forecasted to reach 23.5 million.

For the first time in more than 50 years, the most produced apple in the U.S. is NOT the Red Delicious.

After (inexplicably) being the most grown apple in the country for decades, it's been pushed into second place by the Gala.

The change has happened, USApple said, because consumers like its taste, texture and sweetness, and it's relatively easy to grow and produce for farmers.

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"The rise in production of newer varieties of apples aimed at the fresh consumption domestic market has caused demand for Red Delicious to decline," Mark Seetin, USApple director of regulatory and industry affairs, said.

The Red Delicious, however, remains very popular in other countries, making up around half of U.S. apple exports.

By the way, the Honeycrisp's newly-developed cousin, the First Kiss, is available exclusively at Lunds & Byerlys stores this weekend in limited supply. Read more about it here.

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