It’s clear these days that the Honeycrisp apple has become America’s favorite apple. Go to any grocery store during the heart of the fall harvest and I can about guarantee that the apples that are getting the biggest display and most attention is the Honeycrisp, although the Red Delicious apple is still the most grown apple in the country by a long shot. While apples like the Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith are easily available year round is the same true yet for the Honeycrisp?
Are Honeycrisp Apples Available Year Round?
No. I have seen them around in stores longer and longer each year, but there is definitely a time period where you just can’t them anymore and a time period where you don’t really want to get them anymore. Once we reach Memorial Day you probably won’t see any Honeycrisp again until September. There are Honeycrisp apples imported from places like New Zealand. But those are really going to cost you – try $5 a pound, and not even organic! I only time I tried some New Zealand ground ones, the flavor was nowhere worth that $5 a pound price.
When Does the Quality of Honeycrisp Go Down
The apple industry is really good at utilizing cold storage so that we have domestic apples all year round. Some varieties do better than others. While we have seen longer live out of Honeycrisp in the last 5 years, you will definitely notice a decline in quality as the temperature get colder. They are still crisp enough to eat into the winter months. But once we start getting into late winter and early spring, I find the quality to be so bad, you are wasting your money purchasing them. You can kiss the crispiness goodbye. By then they are mealy and unappetizing. Yuck!
What Apple Should I Buy Once Honeycrisp Aren’t Any Good or Around?
I have heard this question alot. Once the Honeycrisp is gone, what is the next best apple to buy. For the Honeycrisp lover I find that most people are satisfied with Pink Lady (also called Cripps Pink). The benefit of this apple is that it ripens at the end of the season and actually needs to be stored first. I had one in October, not long after it was picked and it was so tart, I couldn’t take it. It mellows out over time and is crisp enough to satisfy Honeycrisp fans. If you can locate it – the Lady Alice apple is released in the winter is a very flavorful, crisp apple that I like better than Honeycrisp.
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