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Cosmic CrispTM apple

Cosmic Crisp is a new apple variety, known during its long development period as WA38. It was introduced to growers in 2016 and first shipments to consumers are expected in 2019.

WA38 was developed at Washington State University by Bruce Barritt, who led its apple-breeding program in the 1990s.  It was one of thousands of crosses between Enterprise and Honeycrisp - the former known for its storage and disease-resistance, the latter wildly popular in the USA for its crisp crunchy texture. The marketing objective for Cosmic Crisp is clearly to try to achieve the same success that Honeycrisp enjoyed when it first arrived.

Like many new apple varieties Cosmic Crisp is trademarked and only licensed growers can plant trees. Interestingly, Cosmic Crisp is currently only available to growers in the state of Washington - and although millions of trees have been planted in a very short time in Washington, the idea is to keep Cosmic Crisp as a premium variety for the time being.

Visitor reviews

  • 15 Jan 2021  Rachel,  WA, United States
    Terrible bitter taste that lasts for minuets after eating, particularly in the skin. It was like eating an apple that was injected with soap or some other bitter chemical. Threw it away after 3 bites. Perhaps it was smoke damage from the 2020 fires.
  • 14 Jan 2021  Steve,  WASHINGTON., United States
    Rather ordinary with odd aftertaste. Won't buy anymore at any price. Not sure what to do with the other two in the fridge.
  • 29 Dec 2020  Wayne Howell,  ONTARIO, Canada
    strong chemical taste that i thought might be harmful. after paying 5.46 for 2 apples as a Christmas treat I threw them in the garbage.
  • 17 Feb 2020  Ken Gates,  UT, United States
    Eat them on the way home from the store before they go bad.
  • 16 Jan 2020  Dave,  FL, United States
    I consider myself somewhat of a apple connoisseur, if been eating them for over 60years. Been waiting a long time to try the cosmic crisps, I have to say it was a big let down. Honestly doesn't make top 5.
  • 05 Jan 2020  Patricia,  OR, United States
    Wonderful apple. Will make this my usual eating apple (previous was Honeycrisp). I usually only eat 1/2 at a time and put the uneaten have in a vacuum bag in the refrigerator. After about a week I went for the saved half. The vacuum bag had failed and the apple had been exposed to air. Absolutely no discoloration, blemishes, softness or loss of texture or flavor.
  • 17 Dec 2019  Galaguy,  CT, United States
    Mottled ruby red and golden delicious skin with attractive starry-night lenticels. Texture is shatteringly crisp with a good amount of juice. Flesh is creamy white, doesn't oxidize quickly. Flavor is a little bland and one-note, doesn't have the same fragrance as other varieties. Caveat: the apple sampled may have been under-ripe (yellow-green around the stem), so the dominant flavor was tartness.
  • 16 Dec 2019  The Kess,  OH, United States
    Beautiful. Very firm & crisp, not at all mealy, as expected. Flavor profile is more of a straight-ahead, Macintosh kind of sugary sweetness with a little less of the slight tart notes that I prefer in the honeycrisp. I still prefer the ancestor, but many will like this one more. An exceptional variety. A+ without a doubt.
  • 15 Dec 2019  Silas Mcgillicuddy,  IDAHO, United States
    Very sweet. Very sour. Very crisp. Very juicy. A bit crass and a bit boring. Like a honeycrisp but more sour. A mass market apple for sure.
  • 13 Dec 2019  John Milner-Brage,  IOWA, United States
    Skunky taste when cooked in oatmeal

Tree register

United States

Spring blossom records for this variety

2020 season

  • 10th May  2020  - tree owned by Tracy in Ravensdale, United States

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Enterprise x Honeycrisp
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 2016
  • Developed by: Bruce Barritt, Washington State University
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 4449


  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: White
  • Fruit size: Large


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

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