New Apple Isn’t In Stores Yet, But Plenty Of Others Will Be
By Anna King
Northwest apple growers are expecting a bumper crop this year. Harvest is already beginning on some farms. But growers are excited over an apple variety you can’t even get in stores yet.
Washington’s crop this year is going to be the second largest on record – at 4.8-billion pounds. Only beat out by last year. Northwest apple expert Rebecca Lyons attributes that recent growth to newer much-denser plantings. But more and more farmers are turning toward premium, newer varieties to earn profits. One is called WA-38. It’s being developed at Washington State University. Kate Evans heads the research on the deep red fruit.
Kate Evans: “So when you bite into WA-38 the first thing that hits you is that it’s very crisp … and extremely juicy the two go together. It also has a lot of sweetness but it also has a good tangy, apple acidity as well.”
Photo: The new Washington State University apple WA-38 is one consumers can’t get their hands on just yet. Photo courtesy of Washington State University.
But it won’t be planted commercially until 2016. Evans says giving the new apple the right name may be the harder job, than taste-testing it.
For apples you can get this year: galas and golden apples are coming off trees now in warmer parts of Washington.