Cosmic Crisp: This latest apple launch is nutritious and lasts in fridge for a year

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Growers in Washington State have begun shipping a new variety of apples called Cosmic Crisp to stores across U.S.
The newest apple product has more to do with horticulture than technology.

More than two decades in the making, a new apple variety called the Cosmic Crisp started shipping to retailers across the country in recent days. The new variety of the fruit was developed by researchers at Washington State University, who describe it as an exceptionally tasty and long-lasting cross between the disease-resistant Enterprise and the Honeycrisp apples.

The new apple's pollen is derived from the Honeycrisp, making it the new apple's male parent, while its beauty comes from the Enterprise, its female parent, according to Kate Evans, professor of horticulture and head of apple breeding at Washington State.

"Enterprise was chosen really because of its appearance," Evans told a podcast devoted to eaters called the Sporkful with Dan Pashman. "It looks really nice — it's a very pretty apple."

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