University of Minnesota Introduces New ‘First Kiss’ Apples
The University of Minnesota has announced that they have created a new breed of apple and they're calling the First Kiss.
The new First Kiss apples will be available in Mid-to-late August, which is up to four weeks later than its parent apple the popular Honeycrisp. First Kiss apples will be produced at orchards in Minnesota.
According to the UMN, "First Kiss dates back to the late 1990s when UMN’s apple breeders David Bedford and Jim Luby set out to breed an apple with the taste and texture of a ‘Honeycrisp’ that would be ready to harvest by Labor Day weekend."
The new apples are scarlet red and have a "lively, tart flavor." First Kiss apples will be available in limited quantities this fall but will become more available in the coming years as the trees mature.