Ultra-crunchy apple has been crossbred to 'last up to a year in the fridge'

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Cosmic Crisp: New breed of ultra-crunchy apple that 'lasts for up to a year in the fridge' goes on sale for the first time in the US The super-firm Cosmic Crisp variety will not go brown for a year if refrigerated  Initial breeding stages started in 1997 to challenge the dominant Red Delicious The $10 million commercial launch is exclusive to Seattle supermarkets  

By Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline

Published: 12:23 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 12:38 GMT, 2 December 2019

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A new, ultra-crunchy apple variety that is said to last up to a year in the fridge without going brown has gone on sale in the US.

The 'Cosmic Crisp' — which has taken over 20 years to hit the shelves following its initial breeding stages in 1997 — went on sale in Seattle supermarkets on Sunday.

The product is firm, juicy, tart and has 'unmatched sweetness', making it 'perfect for snacking, baking and entertaining', its official website claims.

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Seattle growers have exclusive licence to the Cosmic Crisp apple variety and have planted 12 million trees to accommodate commercial production. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle growers have exclusive licence to the Cosmic Crisp apple variety and have planted 12 million trees to accommodate commercial production. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

WHAT IS THE COSMIC CRISP? 

Cosmic Crisp apples are large, juicy and acidic with a firm and crisp texture

The variety has been cultivated with naturally higher levels of acidity and sugar 

It's said to be naturally slow to brown when cut and maintains its texture and flavour in storage for more than a year 

There are about 72 calories in one medium Cosmic Crisp apple 

The apple has been in development since 1997 as a rival to Red and Golden Delicious varieties

'It's an ultra-crisp apple, it's relatively firm, it has a good balance of sweet and tart and it's very juicy,' said Kate Evans, who co-led the apple's breeding programme at Washington State University. 

The apple 'maintains excellent eating quality in

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