Cosmic Crisp® brand apples are a cross between 'Enterprise' and 'Honeycrisp'. The large, juicy apple has a remarkably firm and crisp texture. Its exceptional flavor profile provides ample sweetness and tartness, making it an excellent eating apple. In addition to being delicious, it is slow to brown when cut and maintains its texture and flavor in storage for more than a year.
The apple variety is the latest edition of Washington State University's world-class tree fruit breeding program. WSU is getting ready to distribute the first trees to farmers, and consumers should see some fruit available by 2019.
The most attractive qualities of Cosmic Crisp® are it's exceptional eating quality, its large fruit size, attractive appearance, and its productivity.
Naming the apple involved several meetings with focus groups around the state with sessions in Pullman, Yakima and Seattle. The "Cosmic" factor in the name was developed because of the “striking” lenticels on the apple surface. Those little spots look like starbursts to some and consumers are believed to be drawn to names relating to outer space and the cosmos. One of the outstanding attributes of the variety is its crisp texture. “Crisp” also links to its parent, 'Honeycrisp'.
A patent has been applied for under the name WA 38 by the WSU Office of Commercialization. Trees of WA 38 will be released to Washington State growers in Spring of 2017. Participation that year is restricted to growers who appear on Washington Apple Commission assessment records, have a federal EIN, and were selected in a random drawing conducted by WSU to decide who would first be able to plant WA 38.
WSU plans to have about 300,000 trees available to growers in 2017. State growers who are not chosen in the drawing should be able to buy trees from Washington State fruit tree nurseries (see Tree Availability page) for delivery in 2018 and 2019.