Exceptionally juicy with an explosive crunch beyond compare, Honeycrisp has a variable red skin (40 percent to 95 percent) with pale green highlights. Its crispy flesh is cream-colored and a mostly sweet flavor. Honeycrisp is excellent for fresh-eating and in salads. Honeycrisp can be picked as early as late August. It is a good storing apple.
Discovered: 1961, Minnesota
Parentage: Keepsake x Unknown
Honeycrisp was developed from a 1960 cross of Keepsake (MN447 x Northern Spy) x unknown, as part of the University of Minnesota apple breeding program to develop winter hardy cultivars with high fruit quality. The original seedling was planted in 1962, and it was introduced commercially in 1991.