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The Search for the Next Honeycrisp Apple

It’s starting to get “Ludacrisp.”

Walk around a New York farmers market, and you’ll hear one word incessantly, whether you’re standing by the purple carrots or the Hudson Valley Duck. That word is “Honeycrisp.”

Honeycrisps have become so popular, they are now the fifth-most-grown apple, bypassing Golden Delicious; by 2020 they could become the third-most-grown variety. Now growers have had enough of them. Not only has the Honeycrisp’s dominance caused major problems for East Coast farms because of the high maintenance they require, there’s a taste backlash, too.