The Cosmic Crisp apple is on its way to grocery store shelves.
The new apple is the result of twenty years of research at Washington State University. Growers in Washington, who paid for the research, now have the exclusive right to produce and sell the apple for the next ten years.
It's called Cosmic Crisp because of the bright yellowish dots on its skin, which researchers said looked like distant stars. Researchers say the red apple is a cross between an Enterprise and a Honeycrisp – making it perfect for eating and baking. It is also engineered to brown far slower than contemporary apples, keeping it fresher for longer.
The apples begun being sold in the Seattle area over the weekend. They should be available in stores throughout the state this week.
If you don't see the new apple at your grocery store, the product's website said "The best way to ensure Cosmic Crisp® apples in your local store is to ask your produce retailer for availability."
Producers say 450,000 40-pound boxes will be available for sale this year. That number is expected to jump to over 2 million in 2020, and more than 21 million by 2026.
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