For many Minnesotans who trek out to an apple orchard this time of year, it can be a real treat to bite into one fresh from the tree. But imagine having to do that 500 to 600 times a day.
That's part of the job for University of Minnesota apple breeder David Bedford, who for 32 years has tasted hundreds of apples a day during the peak time of the year, the Minnesota Daily reports. His wife says their kitchen is apple-free, and a colleague at Cornell University says, “It’s safe to say that at David’s house and mine there’s not apple pie."
Millions of Honeycrisp trees have been planted worldwide. It has generated $6.3 million for the institution, making it among the school's top five most lucrative inventions, City Pages noted in a lengthy 2008 story about Bedford and how the apple variety was discovered and developed.
Bedford is featured in this video about the Sweetango, which he also developed: