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Weird News New apple variety 'keeps in the fridge for up to a year'

12:55  01 december  2019
12:55  01 december  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A new breed of apple that took two decades to develop and allegedly lasts for up to a year in the fridge goes on sale in the US on Sunday. The apple - Cosmic Crisp - is a cross-breed of the Honeycrisp and Enterprise and was first cultivated by Washington State University in 1997.

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a bowl of fruit: The Cosmic Crisp is a new variety of apple which is now on sale in the US. Pics: Cosmic Crisp © Other The Cosmic Crisp is a new variety of apple which is now on sale in the US. Pics: Cosmic Crisp

A new apple is being launched today - and it has nothing to do with mobile phones, computers or watches.

The Cosmic Crisp, now on sale in the US, is a new variety of the fruit which took more than two decades to develop and allegedly lasts for up to a year in the fridge.

The apple is called Cosmic Crisp because of the bright yellowish dots on its skin, which look like distant stars.

The launch of the apple cost $10.5m (£8.1m).

Farmers in the state of Washington - which produces two-thirds of the United States' apples - have the exclusive right to grow the variety for the next 10 years.

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New Year 's. Left on the counter, these crisp, healthy fruits will expire weeks sooner than the same fruit would if it were kept in the fridge . So start storing your apples in the fridge — and leave out these 20 foods you’re not supposed to refrigerate. It will be our pleasure to serve up your daily newsletter.

Apples , Pears: You can refrigerate these fruits, but you don’t need to. The cold air inside the refrigerator tends to break down their crisp texture. Honey, jam, maple syrup: Honey and real maple syrup will crystallize if stored in the fridge . Store them it at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

a red apple sitting on a wooden surface: The apple is called Cosmic Crisp because of the bright yellowish dots on its skin, which look like distant stars © Other The apple is called Cosmic Crisp because of the bright yellowish dots on its skin, which look like distant stars

The trees take three years to produce a crop.

Aaron Clark of Yakima, whose family owns several orchards in central Washington and has planted 80 acres of the variety, said: "I've never seen an apple prettier in the orchard than these things are."

Toni Lynn Adams, spokeswoman for the Washington Apple Commission, which markets apples internationally, said: "A new apple brings excitement.

"A new variety can reinvigorate a market and industry."

a person standing in front of a fruit tree: The trees take three years to produce a crop © Other The trees take three years to produce a crop

Work on developing the variety began in 1997.

Kate Evans, who co-led the apple's breeding programme at Washington State University, said: "It's ultra-crisp, very juicy and has a good balance of sweetness and tartness."

She said the fruit "maintains excellent eating quality in refrigerated storage - easily for 10 to 12 months".

"The goal, in my opinion, is to get more consumers eating apples," she said.

"Ultimately that is the goal of any plant breeder."

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