This apple is a mix between Honeycrisp and Fuji that stays crisp in storage for a long time. Great apple to eat in the later winter and early spring.
Several years ago, I was looking over a website for an apple orchard in Ohio. I was interested in seeing what varieties they grew.
One of those varieties was called EverCrisp. Sounds interesting. They had just planted the trees at the time so they did not have them available.
A couple years later I came across the EverCrisp apple for the first time. I tried them with eagerly anticipation. Since then they have been on my list of must have apples in the winter.
The story of EverCrisp
Midwest Apple Improvement Association is a group focused on developing the best varieties to grow in the Midwest. Why does the state of Washington get to have all the fun 🙂
MAIA tests many different varieties, one of the test varieties was MAIA-1 was a clear winner. MAIA-1 apples that meet certain criteria are then allowed to be marketed at EverCrisp®
David Doud from Countyline Orchard in Roann, Indiana was the first to grow this variety.
The apple looks more like a Fuji, than a Honeycrisp. It has similar shades of red and pink in it's skin.
Is it really forever crisp?
It's the name just a marketing ploy? No, sir.
All the EverCrisp apples I have tried have been perfectly crisp, just like it as just plucked from the tree. Whether I had the apple in October or April.
The apple is known for it's keeping quality that outperforms the beloved Honeycrisp. We have Honeycrisp in stores pretty much year round now, but there is only a small window in which they are at their peak.
Growers have been looking for new apples with that same time of crunch but hold up better in storage and are easier to grow.
On a scale of 1-10, here is how I rate this apple:
EverCrisp is a great, reliable apple. I can always count on enjoying it.
Is it better than Honeycrisp? Yes. Is it better than Fuji? Both yes in my opinion. It's a near perfect combination of the advantages of each of those varieties put into one apple.
The flavor is good. I don't think it's revolutionary or anything. I don't think you will bite into one and be disappointed.
Where to buy EverCrisp
As of this point I have seen them at orchards and farmer's markets mainly. Meijer stores carry them in the late winter/early spring, that has been my main source.
As a relatively new variety, it will take time for the apple to be more widely available. Here are the stores I have heard they have been seen in before.
- Buehler's Fresh Foods
- Whole Foods Market (in the east)
Here are the orchards/farm markets that grow/sell them
- Johnston Fruit Farm (OH)
- Quarry Hills Orchard (OH)
- Schweitzer Orchards (MI)
- Grobe Fruit Farm (OH)
- Clark Brothers Orchards (MA)
- Red Barn Market (MI)
- TK Family Farm (NC)
- Whitehouse Fruit Farm (OH)
- David Doud's Countyline Orchard (IN)
- LynOaken Farms (NY)
- Florentino Farms (NJ)
- Peace Valley Orchards (OH)
- Eckert's (IL)
- Baugher's Orchard & Farm (MD)
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