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U of M's newest apple is named Triumph

It'll still be a while before the new apple is available to buy.

The University of Minnesota has named its newest apple. 

The apple, formerly known as MN 1980, has been named Triumph. The apple is a cross between the U-created and beloved Honeycrisp and the U's Liberty apples, and is firm with red skin and a slightly tart flavor, the U of M says

The U of M last fall sent out a call for names and got nearly 500 suggestions, including names referring to 2020's biggest events to Minnesota's uniqueness. 

In the end, the U settled on the name Triumph, which U of M graduate student Stephen Brockman of the Hegeman Lab came up with. 

“I chose the name ‘Triumph’ because creating a fruit cultivar of such high quality is quite literally a triumph,” Brockman said, according to the U's website. “Years of meticulous work by many people culminating in a great achievement. It’s just as much a name as a description.”

The U says a handful of Midwest growers will plant Triumph trees this spring, with more trees available to purchase in 2022. 

But it'll still be a while until these new apples are ready to be purchased because it takes several years for new trees to bear fruit. 

In the future – in about four or five years – the apples will likely be sold at orchards and farmer's markets, but not at large retailers or grocery stores. 

That's because the U is selling Triumph trees primarily to home consumers and small orchards as a disease-resistant option for those who want an apple tree in their own yard. 

Triumph is the 28th apple variety the U of M has released through its apple breeding program. The U of M last introduced a new apple in 2017 when it released First Kiss. 

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