Cosmic Crisp

Cosmic Crisp is a medium to large apple with a deep crimson red blush and a uniform round-conical shape. The blush generally covers the whole apple though there is often a hint of the pale green or yellow background in places. The appearance is very attractive and is enhanced by a scattering of yellow lenticels.

On biting into the white flesh of the apple there is an immediate cracking and shearing quality to the texture and a good crispness to the flesh on chewing. The taste sensation is of excellent sweetness with a distinct acidity that gives a lovely balance to the experience. There is a slight flavour experience as well, perhaps floral or perfumed. The skin is of medium thickness and can be detected during chewing but is not a distraction.

Growers are attracted to the variety for its exceptional long-storage capability, unique full colouration, as well as its organoleptic qualities.

Good Fruit Guide Rating: *****

Cosmic Crisp is a very attractive apple with lovely texture and sweetness and a nice acid tang.

Crisp, cracking, balanced

Names: Cosmic Crisp®; WA 38; US Plant Patent USPP24210P3

Origin: Washington State, USA. Cosmic Crisp was the result of breeding project at Washington State University in the 1990s by Bruce Barritt and his team, with breeder Kate Evans completing the project on Mr Barritt’s retirement. It is the result of a cross between Honeycrisp x Enterprise, a scab-resistant variety, that occurred in 1997. The first mother tree was eventually selected in 2007 and the variety was finally released to Washington State growers in 2016. The commercial release of the variety occurred in 2019. Washington State University appointed Proprietary Variety Management (PVM) as the company tasked with managing the commercialization of the Cosmic Crisp® WA 38.

The US plant patent was granted February 2014.

Grown in: Washington state, USA; Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, South Africa, China, India, and Russia.

Harvest & Availability: Availability for UK markets is as follows (availability will expand as volumes grow):

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Cosmic Crisp – Marketing US
Cosmic Crisp – Marketing EU
Cosmic Crisp – Washington State University Foundation
PVM – Proprietary Variety Management
US Patent – WA38


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