Let the Apple Wars Begin: Minnesota Fires First Shot at Washington


How do you like them apples, Minnesota? Apparently not very much.

Growers from the Land of 10,000 Lakes say Washington growers are sullying the name "Honeycrisp" by growing a subpar version of the apple variety, which was developed at the University of Minnesota.

They say they want to implement standards, and the U of M says that in the future, it may seek to limit who can grow the varieties it develops. (This seems a little strange, given that at most vendors, apples feature stickers identifying their state of origin.)

More in this video (after the jump), which features a cheese-tastic intro from the anchor and stars a reporter named Bay Scroggins who takes a dramatic mid-sentence bite of a Minnesota Honeycrisp for our benefit. (Really, how awesome is the convention of reporters taking a mid-sentence bite?)

Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover seems baffled by the lake-state whining. "I'm a little surprised, quite frankly," he says. "When it comes right down to it, it's the consumer that makes the determination. [But] everybody's got to have a marketing niche."

WSU researchers have yet to respond to a request for comment on whether Minnesotans are growing any lame imitations of our glorious apples. (h/t The Blotter)

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