Updated:
Original:

Upsetting the apple cart: Chilean-grown Honeycrisps arrive in spring

Author:

You might be surprised to find fresh Honeycrisp apples at a grocery store soon. Wait a minute--don't apples get picked in autumn?

The Honeycrisp variety may have its roots in Minnesota, but these will come from orchards in South America.The Business Journal reports that you'll be able to get your Honeycrisp a day because the first-ever crop grown in Chile is en route to the U.S.

Growers there have spent the past decade perfecting the popular variety. Westcott Agri Products Inc. of Elgin, Minnesota, has exclusive rights for the Chilean production of the Honeycrisp and will be the first company to provide a year-round supply to its American retailers.

How do you like them apple prices? Honeycrisp can fetch $100 a case for wholesale, compared to $30 for Gala apples and $20 for Braeburn. The Packer, an industry trade publication, said that Honeycrisps grown in Chile will be a size or a size and a half smaller than what consumers are accustomed to. That's partly due to the weather way down south, but also because the producing trees are young. Apple size could double within two years.

The Honeycrisp apple was developed by University of Minnesota researcher David Bedford, who has traveled to Chile to see the orchards. The Business Journal story said the Honeycrisps are clearly the apple of the scientist's eye, nothing that he speaks of them "...like he would his children, so he's concerned that some domestic and international growers aren't properly caring for the variety and may harm public perception of the apple." The variety can be tricky to produce, but Bedford said Chilean growers have done a good job.

"The ones I tried down there are good," Bedford said. "Slightly different than ours, but still in the good category."

Next Up

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.

Wild

COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

sidecar drink

Sidecar — Town Hall's new cocktail lounge — is officially open in Minneapolis

It's the fifth Town Hall location, but the first to focus on cocktails.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.

Related