Suncrisp Apples: Belleville's Best Kept Secret!
We will begin picking Suncrisp apples October 2nd here at Eckert's! This variety is available exclusively at the Belleville farm only. Suncrisp apples are a hard, tart and long-keeping apple with almost an orange color. This apple ripens late in the season, but has a very firm and juicy flesh. This is the best apple for long-term storage! We planted the Suncrisp variety, on the advice of Mitch Lynd, Ohio grower and variety guru. According to Virginia State University, the Suncrisp apple is formerly known as NJ55. (Newly developed apples, which all begin life as a number, are named only after they are tested and ready for commercial sale.) Suncrisp was developed at Rutgers University by Dr. Fred Hough, a now retired fruit breeder. It is the result of cross-breeding Golden Delicious, Cortland, and Cox's Orange Pippin apples.