Chilly weather means homemade apple pies, hot apple cider, baked apples and a whole treasure trove of other apple-themed treats. For the perfect apple, you might usually turn to Honeycrisp or Gala. But this year, a new variety just hit grocery store shelves, and it’s already a big deal.
The Cosmic Crisp apple is making a splash as one of the best-tasting apples on the market!
What exactly makes this apple so special?
There are so many kinds of apples at your grocery store already. Check out our explainer guide to the newer varieties. So why are people so excited about the Cosmic Crisp? Well, the taste and texture of the Cosmic Crisp are supposed to be unparalleled. It’s a cross between a Honeycrisp apple and an Enterprise apple. According to the Cosmic Crisp website, the apple “has a remarkably firm and crisp texture” and “provides ample sweetness and tartness.” This makes it an ideal apple to snack on.
The apple is called the Cosmic Crisp because of its bright white lenticels. (Lenticels are the little spots on apples that function as pores.) On the Cosmic Crisp apple, the lenticels look like bursts of lights you might see in outer space.
Where did the Cosmic Crisp come from?
The Cosmic Crisp apple was made at Washington State University’s fruit tree breeding program. Like most apples, the Cosmic Crisp grows in Washington. Development for this apple started in 1997, so the fruit has been 22 years in the making!
The Cosmic Crisp debuted in grocery stores just this month. They were harvested until mid-October, and nationwide shipping began on December 1, so keep a lookout for these crunchy Cosmic Crisp apples in your local produce department. Millions of Cosmic Crisp trees have been planted in Washington, so you can expect more to be in stores in the next couple years. If you plan to stock up on Cosmic Crisps, learn how you can store apples to last through the winter.