Back in 1908, The University of Minnesota's Horticulture Research Center created a fruit breeding program to developing hearty apple trees. Today, HRC encompasses 230 acres developing a variety of plants to survive in Minnesota ' often harsh climate.
Dale K. investigates the U of M Horticulture Research Center's roots at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to test Minnesota apples against their out-of-state counterparts and learns how to grow the perfect apple tree at home.
Many apples, including the popular Honeycrisp, have been bred for their "eating experience," which focuses on taste and texture. Many apple eaters grew up on Red Delicious apples that do look appealing, but have a less-than-desirable taste and texture when compared to a Zestar, Sweet Tango or other varieties.