U of M's newest apple is named Triumph

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