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Honeycrisp apples have arrived

photo-48Though it’s hard to say goodbye to local peaches and muscadines at the end of summer, the arrival of good apples is a happy time.

The other day at Whole Foods Market I espied a huge display of Honeycrisp apples, and even though I was about to meet a friend for dinner, I had to have one right then and there.

I love these apples, which have a such an easygoing crunch. This is not one of those apples that threatens to lock your teeth in its flesh mid-bite, but one that yields with a satisfying snap. It’s also sweet and tart enough to keep the flavor interesting straight to the core.

Over the past few years, as this hybrid cultivar has become more available, it’s become the apple I always look for in the market. I think that  Stayman and Winesap apples eaten close to the source have better flavor, but Honeycrisp is my new go to.

Any other varieties worth looking for?

28 comments Add your comment


September 22nd, 2010
8:34 am

sounds delicious — I’ll have to look for them. How would they stand up in a pie ?


September 22nd, 2010
10:20 am

you can’t beat a pink lady


September 22nd, 2010
10:22 am

I agree aboout the Pink Lady. Right off the tree, there’s nothing better!


September 22nd, 2010
10:55 am

I tend to do either the luscious FUJI’s or the old school Golden Delicious. I love how those seem to be good for eating, baking, etc. Plus, they’ve got a good shelf life and don’t have to be painfully crisp. So much better than Red Delicious in just about every way.


September 22nd, 2010
12:00 pm

I love the Honeycrisp soooo much I ordered and planted one as a tree. I find mine at Publix. I don’t care that I eat $3 apples…so.damn.good.

The Nerve

September 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

Happy day. I LOVE Honeycrisp. I subscribe to the “apple a day keeps the doctor away” and go with Granny Smith during the year, except when the Honeycrisp come out. FALL IS HERE!!!

Super SugarCrisp

September 22nd, 2010
12:44 pm

The seasonal Horse Apples should be coming in soon also.

Gregey Appleseed

September 22nd, 2010
1:01 pm

To people who have never tried a Honeycrisp apple, all of the other apples do not compare!!!

Pink Lady, Cameo, Fuji, Granny Smith none of these are close. I actually have on in my bad today for lunch!! Granted you will have to shell out some money, but like Ganners said, it is well worth it. Another apple worth trying is the Jazz apple, it has a really good flavor, but nothing like the Honeycrisp.

Please take caution buying these apples from Walmart, the low cost provider has been pushing some low cost produce!

John Kessler

September 22nd, 2010
1:10 pm

Jere – My guess they wouldn’t be good pie apples, but I wonder if anyone has tried….


September 22nd, 2010
1:32 pm

I’m a fuji fan, but will try this variety.


September 22nd, 2010
1:35 pm

Honeycrisp apples are great. I bought two at Whole Foods last week. Ambrosia apples are also delicious.


September 22nd, 2010
2:46 pm

My family went up to north GA over the weekend and picked up a couple bags of apples. My favorite is the Fuji but they are not ready yet. However, the Mutzu and the Granny Smith were excellent.


September 22nd, 2010
3:27 pm

I love the time of year that Honeycrisps are available too. Most others pale in comparison. One other really good one is SweeTango. It is quite similar to Honeycrisp, but a little better. It is ever newer than HoneyCrisp, so I don’t know if you can get them here in GA yet. I had my mom send some down from Minnesota after reading about them. They did not disappoint.

KissThe Chef

September 22nd, 2010
4:34 pm

The Sweet Tangos are available at Fresh Market. They are my favorites behind the Honeycrisp. Also, the Honeycrisps are really good for stuffing and baking and dumplings, so they should be great for pies, too….


September 22nd, 2010
8:29 pm

I absolutely LOVE honeycrips and they are the single reason I love the fall here. They are crisp, slightly tart with an aptly named honey-sweetness. They can be used in pies, as long as they are mixed with more firm apple varieties. I have tried all of the other apples listed above, with the exception of the SweeTango (sounds divine) and honeycrisp knocks them all out of the water!

KissThe Chef

September 22nd, 2010
10:50 pm

Just researched and found that the Sweet Tango is a cross between a Zestar! apple and the Honey Crisp apple. The reason the commenter earlier was able to get some from her Mom in MN is because the Zestar! was developed to grow best in cold weather areas, like MN. You have to try this one. The Honey Crisp is still my favorite, but this is a close second. My next favorite is the Arkansas Black, but it won’t be out til mid to late October. I normally have to go to Whole Foods to get any locally without having to travel to Ellijay. They are super crunchy….but not as juicy.

Dunwoody Don

September 23rd, 2010
6:35 am

I’m still working on the bag of honeycrisps we bought at Panorama last week when we passed through Ellijay. They go great with the 1600-day aged gouda Whole Foods has on sale and a glass or two of Cab. Life is good!

Steve E.

September 23rd, 2010
2:06 pm

I love Honeycrisps – but they need to go a long way to beat a Jazz Apple.


September 23rd, 2010
10:41 pm

Honeycrisp are far and away my favorites. From the minute they appear in stores my refrigerator is stocked. We have termed them “honeycrack” apples because they are so addictive. I eat at least 1 a day.

Pink Lady are the next best thing (but there is a big gap between Honeycrisp and PL’s). Jazz, Cameo, Granny Smith all my rest of the year substitutes.

I tried baking a Honeycrisp once and it wasn’t great to me – the texture that is so great when eaten raw just went mushy when baked. I prefer Granny Smiths for cooking.

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September 24th, 2010
1:47 pm

Ginger Gold is another good one – balance between crispness, tartness, sweetness. Short, early season tho…

Food lover

September 24th, 2010
2:55 pm

John: Thank you for the heads up on these types of things….you are doing a great job, please keep us up to date! Pears and squash are coming in soon too, right??


September 24th, 2010
3:22 pm

Honeycrisp & Pink Lady apples are the BEST! It just doesn’t get any better. Buy them up because their seasons are SHORT!


September 24th, 2010
3:32 pm

John,YDFM has had, on and off, Paula Red apples, which are both sweet and tart, and firm enough not to make me gag. I hate mealy apples, and as a result stick close to Granny Smith’s. These are close. Pretty psyched about the Honey Crisps coming in though.

Honeycrip addict

September 24th, 2010
3:34 pm

Kroger has honeycrisps now! Oh Happy Day!!! These are the best apples ever.


September 26th, 2010
9:52 am

We went up to Ellijay over Labor Day weekend. They were already picked out of the Honey Crisps. There may be some that were stored that’ll continue to appear. They also had September Wonder apples, which are an early-maturing Fuji cultivar. Good eating.


September 26th, 2010
7:09 pm

Honeycrisps are by far the best apple I’ve ever had. Was introduced to them about 5 or 6 years ago, and buy them in quanity every year since. Will go to the store now to see if I can find them at our Publix. Fingers crossed, I’m dying for one now!!!

Haralson Source?

September 27th, 2010
10:56 am

Very glad to see Honeycrisps at the stores, but I do find it hard to pay the $2.99/lb when so many other good ones are now available at $0.99/lb. I was also wondering if there is a place locally to find Haralson apples? I remember them fondly from my days in MN, but haven’t seen them since I left (nearly 30 years ago).