Apple of their eye: U of M horticulturists unveil new variety

Apple of their eye: U of M horticulturists unveil new variety

Editor’s note: The video above first aired on KARE 11 in October 2022.

Horticulturists at the University of Minnesota want to know: How do you like them apples?

On Thursday, the U revealed its 29th variety of apple, MN33, which will be sold under the brand name Kudos when it’s available for consumers in the next two to three years.

The university said the brightly colored red fruit is “crisp with a juicy texture and well-balanced flavor with occasional tropical overtones.” University of Minnesota apple breeder said in a statement that eating a Kudos is like having a “tropical party in your mouth.”

“It has the crisp, juicy texture of Honeycrisp and the rich flavor of Zestar! but with a slight tropical twist,” he explained. 

The apple breeding program at the University of Minnesota has been in practice for more than 100 years. Its crowned jewel, the Honeycrisp, was developed in 1960 and has since been grown and become beloved among apple eaters across the world.


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