Two of America's favorite apples - Honeycrisp and Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) had a baby and it's called Wild Twist. It's one of the prettiest apples you'll see. How does it taste?
Are you a Honeycrisp fan?
Are you a Cripps Pink fan? (Pink Lady is the trademarked name used for many Cripps Pink apples, for the sake of ease I will use Pink Lady from here on out).
What if I told you that the best attributes of each apples was combined in a new apple variety?
Wouldn't that be wild!
You don't have to imagine that anymore as we now have the Wild Twist apples.
Sweet Cheeks Becomes Wild Twist
Hess Brothers, a fruit company out of Lancaster, PA are bringing the Wild Twist apple to the market. The apple was originally being marketed as the Sweet Cheeks apple. In 2020, the name was changed to Wild Twist, to better play up that this apple is a twist of two great apples.
The apple is being planted across dozens of farms in Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia with plans to grow them in the West in years to come.
When Are They Harvested?
Wild Twist apples are harvested in at the end of October/early November, which makes them one of the last apples harvested for the year. In comparison, Honeycrisp is picked in early September.
When are Wild Twist Apples in Season?
Just because the apples come off the tree in late October/early November doesn't mean they are available then. Due to their Pink Lady heritage, Wild Twist apples need time to mellow out. I once had a Pink Lady that was freshly picked and man, was it tart. I couldn't eat it.
When Wild Twist is stored under regular conditions, not climate controlled, it will improve in flavor.
Even thought we don't think of apples in terms of ripeness the same way we do something like a peach, apple actually do vary a lot with age. Some are great right of the tree and some, like Wild Twist, need a little time.
As production picks up Wild Twist apples are expected to be available in stores from mid to late January to June. This is a time period where it becomes harder to find a good tasting apple. By this point in the year, Honeycrisp just aren't what they use to be back in September.
On a scale of 1-10, here is how I rate this apple:
Wild Twist is a very good apple. It's one of the better Honeycrisp crosses I have had. It walks the sweet/tart line perfectly, just siding on the sweet side with the right amount of tartness to give it personality.
It's crisp without being too hard or tiring to chew. The flavor itself seems to be the perfect mash up of Honeycrisp and Pink Lady, althought I feel more like I am eating a Pink Lady.
Is It a Good Apple to Bake With?
Yes, Wild Twist holds it's shape well when baked. I baked an Irish Apple Cake with it and it came out fantastic. The apples inside the cake were firm without being crunchy. Give it a try for any apple recipe where you want the apples to hold their shape well.
Where to Find Wild Twist?
As like all new varieties it takes time for the trees to produce a big enough crop to be widely available. So for now Wild Twist is available mainly in the eastern part of the country at stores like:
- Giant Eagle
- Lancaster Central Market
- Stauffers of Kissel Hill
- Meck's Produce
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