Ohio State's Dr. Diane Miller is working with the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) to create a new variety of apple. MAIA has more than 140 apple growers involved in the project. The project lasted four years and had about forty apple selections and varieties. Each apple variety were evaluated at events like Cleveland's Fabulous Food Show in November 2010. The new apple variety, EverCrisp was chosen based on a taste review panel. “The rationale for the project was that consumer demand must pull apples through the marketing streams based upon quality,” explained Miller. “This inverts the current system which attempts to push apples through the markets based upon the ability of growers to produce them.” According to Miller, EverCrisp generally rated higher than Fuji and Cameo, and was equivalent to Honeycrisp and SweeTango.
Congratulations on all the hard work, Dr. Miller!
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