Fruit of a 20-year effort at WSU to breed a juicier, better-storing and higher quality apple for the Washington tree fruit industry, the Cosmic Crisp® apple was chosen among 32 award-winning snacks, products and beverages. The magazine’s registered dietitian evaluates hundreds of snacks every year to help families make nutritious choices.
The new apple is “low-calorie yet nutrient-dense, packed with antioxidants and excellent fiber counts for a delicious and nourishing addition to just about any meal or snack,” Good Housekeeping noted.
Classically bred by Washington State University researchers, Cosmic Crisp® apples are a cross between Enterprise and Honeycrisp. Large, round, crisp, and juicy, these apples are a rich red color, dotted with starburst-like pores, called lenticels, which led to the ‘cosmic’ name.
Introduced to consumers in December 2020, the apple’s commercial launch continues this fall. New Cosmic Crisp® products continue to be developed, and more than 14 million WA 38 trees have been planted in Washington state.
This year’s harvest is expected in stores by December 1, 2020.