It's been developed by the pom fruits folks at Washington State University, and apparently, Washington farmers have planted over 10 million trees already. This fall is the first projected harvest of the apple, with the main crop coming on-line in the next few years. Farmers are mowing down old orchards and planting this tree throughout the NW because of it's superior taste, growth habits, storage qualities, etc.
I tasted one last year and it was the best apple I've ever had. Better than a Honeycrisp, which is the apple they're trying to compete with.
They say that compared to the Honeycrisp, the Cosmic Crisp has a much longer storage life (9 months as compared to 3 months), much less blind wood, the apples are consistent in size (as opposed to the massive apples you can get on a Honeycrisp), and its just a better tasting apple all around.
Has anyone got one and planted it? Are you seeing them in the Washington stores yet? Would it work in low-chill Southern California?
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I have a cosmic crisp tree in a pot that I'll be planting this fall. I probably won't get fruit off it until the fruit is already in stores, unfortunately. For now it's only available in Washington State (the tree)
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James Landreth wrote:I have a cosmic crisp tree in a pot that I'll be planting this fall. I probably won't get fruit off it until the fruit is already in stores, unfortunately. For now it's only available in Washington State (the tree)
Would you mind driving one to Wisconsin? I'll pitch in for gas money and buy you lunch.