EverCrisp: A Club for Everyone – Good Fruit Groweranna
“’Tis the season for college football rivalries to get heated, but apple growers across the Midwest, no matter their Big 10 team allegiance, are united in their enthusiasm for EverCrisp.
The Ohio-bred apple is being embraced by growers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Indiana and more — pretty much everywhere in the East that apples are grown. Developed by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association, the Honeycrisp-Fuji cross promises the signature texture of Honeycrisp without the growing headaches. MAIA estimates that more than 600,000 trees have been planted so far, and lots of growers are grafting as well.
For many growers in the region, EverCrisp is their first experience planting a managed variety. While club apples are becoming increasingly common in Washington, Michigan and New York, few growers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina or Ohio have club varieties.
That’s about to change — sort of.”
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