First Kiss Apple

Nearly 30 years after introducing the Honeycrisp apple—the variety that rocked the staid and stale apple world—University of Minnesota (U of M) apple breeders Jim Luby and David Bedford remain dedicated to their craft, which blends science, persistence and intuition.

The latest release is the First Kiss (known as Rave when grown outside of Minnesota). Not only does it have the same texture as the Honeycrisp (along with a flavor that’s more tart and tangy), it stores well.

First Kiss is a cross between the Honeycrisp and a variety from Arkansas known as AA44.

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