Its name doesn’t have much a-peel, but its prospects are juicy. The MN55—a temporary moniker—is the University of Minnesota Apple Breeding Program’s latest offering to crop up in the state’s orchards.
MN55 is a cross between the Honeycrisp, developed at the U, and the MonArk, bred in Arkansas. The Honeycrisp is known for its incomparable crunch and tang, while the MonArk’s signature is its early ripening date. MN55 combines the desirable qualities of each, resulting in a crunchy, tangy apple that will be ripe and ready to eat in late August, the early part of apple season. It’s expected to hit the consumer market—under a new name—in 2018.