The "designer" apple known as honeycrisp is sweet, juicy, snappy—and (historically, anyway) pricey, costing as much as $4.50 a pound while in-season Cortlands went for $1.50 a pound. Whether because of the catchy name or the truly sweet taste, demand has jumped in recent years, and, until recently, supply couldn't keep up, since apple trees take five or so years to begin producing fruit in enough quantities to sell commercially. (This fascinating article explains more.
) Finally, though, all those honeycrisp trees are meeting demand, and the USDA's National Fruit and Vegetable Retail report
says the variety is actually now going for 14 percent less per pound than it was last year.
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