Cosmic Crisp Year 2 Pt 3
The Washington Apple Commission’s Toni Lynn Adams says the reaction to last year’s debut was terrific …
ADAMS … “Yeah, absolutely! We’re getting some great feedback, and as the trees mature there’s more consistency in the flavor profile. So as we’re getting later into production we expect a more consistent flavor profile and improved eating experiences.”
The Washington-grown apples, Adams says was a long time coming …
ADAMS … “The Cosmic Crisp is the product of 20-years of research and development as they looked into different flavor profiles and different characteristics that they knew would really resonate with consumers. You know, it’s a cross between Enterprise and Honey Crisp and it’s got that really firm, crisp texture which is probably its most differentiating characteristic and really stands out as it’s incredibly crisp.”
Cosmic Crisp availability, Adams says will be improving for the next few years …
ADAMS … “And so we’re going to see it on the same level and the same volume level as some of our mainstream varieties that are household names like Honey Crisp, it’s going to be in that same volume level that we expect of our mainstream varieties very quickly which is really unprecedented for a branded variety.”
Adams says harvest is just about to begin for early varieties and things are looking positive.
BL: Welcome back to another “Fruit Bites” brought to you by Valent U.S.A. With us again is Valent’s Allison Walston. And this week Allison, let’s talk about how apples are looking in the field.
AW: Temperatures got hot really fast. Heat tends to crash the aphid populations and brings on the spider mites. They love hot & dusty weather. This excessive heat can also lead to apples and pears getting sunburned. Reports are saying that the Washington state apple crop load is about 7% less than last year due to some losses during frost season, even some frost markings appearing on apples, in certain regions. On average the apples are a little small but with these warmer temperatures will start to get some size. Codling moth is about average but cooler weather has been elongating the generations.
BL: So is harvest on schedule?
Overall the crop is about 7 days ahead. Apple harvest has already started with Rave and other apple varieties will follow in the beginning of August.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.