I tried Honeycrisp apples for the first time this fall, and was blown away. I hadn't particularly liked apples before, they were alright, but I prefer citrus fruits since they've got a "brighter" flavor. As it was, I would only even consider eating apples when they are in season (I'll spit out the bite of apple if I don't like the texture) and even then I'd put peanut butter on the apple slice to make it enjoyable.

But that was until I tried the Honeycrisp. I think the first one I got was from the Super Wal-Mart in Waynesboro. I was intrigued since I hadn't ever noticed that varietal before. Later that week, I decided to try it "pure" to get a good first impression (I took a bite right out of the apple instead of cutting it up into slices first). Wow. It was the most delicious apple I had ever eaten. I wolfed it down, no peanut butter necessary, and grabbed the other one and brought it over to Terry to try. He agreed.

I did not realize that the Honeycrisp is a relatively new apple until a friend from Wisconsin recommended them for our orchard. It was invented in 1991 at the University of Minnesota by crossing Macoun and Honeygold apples. They gained traction as a commercial crop in Minnesota around 1995 (by the way, I'm getting this information from the Honeycrisp.org website). Unfortunately, I read that Honeycrisp apples aren't easy to grow, and don't do well in all areas of the country. So I'll have to do some more research to see if they might work for us in our own orchard.

Regardless, I whole-heartedly recommend that everyone give these apples a try if you see them in your grocery store. As the winter has worn on, they aren't as amazingly perfect as when they were first harvested, but they're still pleasant which is more than I can say for many other apples. Go Honeycrisp!