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University of Minnesota Apple Varieties

Jim Luby, fruit breeder with the University of Minnesota, shared several of the apple varieties they've developed over the years. They have released 27 apple varieties, including the Honeycrisp. It takes between 20 and 30 years to develop a new apple variety. For more information about their program, click here
 
Jim brought the following apples:
 
Honeycrisp
Released: 1991
Known for: Its explosively crisp texture, named Minnesota State Fruit in 2006
Best for: Fresh eating and salads
Harvest: Mid-to-late September (Mid-Season)
 
SweeTango
Released: 2009
Known for: Juiciness and crisp texture, its vibrant acidity 
Best for: Fresh eating and cooking/baking
Harvest: Early September (Early-Season)
 
Chestnut
Released: 1949
Known for: Large russeted crabapple with a rich, nutty flavor
Best for: Fresh eating or sauce
Harvest: Early September (Mid-Season)
 
First Kiss
Released: 2017
Known for: Extraordinarily juicy, this spritely tart and scarlet red variety is ready to harvest in mid-to-late August throughout the state
Best for: Fresh eating
Harvest: Mid-to-late August (Early-Season)
 
Sweet 16
Released: 1977
Known for: Crisp and juicy with an exotic yellow flesh and a very sweet, unusual sugar cane or spicy cherry candy flavor
Best for: Fresh eating and cooking/baking
Harvest: Mid-to-late September (Mid-Season)