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)