Honeycrisp, the other proprietary apple.


This kind of apple is not from Cupertino, though it might as well be…

I’m a big fan of Fuji apples — together with Royal Galas they are, in my opinion, the sweetest apples for eating that you can get. But there’s another apple that’s in season right now, called the Honeycrisp. I did a bit of Googling and found that their taste compared favourably with my preferred eating apples of choice, so I ordered some from my online grocer.

That was before I found this:

Horticulturalists developed the honeycrisp at University of Minnesota. It is illegal to propagate or sell the honeycrisp trees without the permission of the Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science.

So for the next week this Mac refugee will be eating proprietary apples. Sigh.

Because of the licensing the Honeycrisps I bought are more expensive than Fuji apples, though with Fujis I often find myself getting the organic ones which are imported from New Zealand and therefore more expensive anyway. And aside from the fact that Honeycrisps are ridiculously huge and extremely messy juicy, they actually don’t taste too bad.

Except for the bitter aftertaste of proprietary licensing, of course…

UPDATE: At least a couple of users on reddit.com have informed me that the patent on Honeycrisps has, in fact, expired. If you’re so inclined you can follow this link; there are lots of interesting comments being posted — just like the ones here. 😎


  1. Why are you paying extra to eat apples imported from overseas? Do you enjoy spending money to help destroy the environment?

    1. Do you enjoy being smug ass?

      Unless you are a vegetarian who commutes by bicycle, STFU. And if you are a vegetarian who commuted by bicycle, try not to be such a prick. K, thanks.

    2. I’m a New Zealander and I actually agree. It’s kind of a sham to think it’s green to buy from us. We try to encourage sustainable farming practices but really, it’s just not OK to be shipping stuff all that way. We should start dealing data cause the physical is not our forte [shouldn’t be, in a world that actually gives a damn, anyway].

    3. That’s a reasonable question…

      I’ve stated above my preference for Fujis and Royal Galas. As you can probably imagine through the winter months there are often no local options for either of these varieties, or the Galas imported from the USA to my grocer arrived in really rough shape. Fujis from NZ were available, so I bought them.

      Hopefully this won’t be an issue with my new grocer

  2. Look into how soybeans are grown in the US now. Almost every farm currently uses Genetically Modified Soy Beans, and they’re patented so that even when harvest comes around, farmers are not allowed due to the patents in place, to save their OWN SEED that THEY grew, so they could plant again next year. Nope, they’re required to buy all new seed. For more on this, watch “Food, Inc.”

    1. Sadly, since the seeds contain a mixture of both parents’ genes, they will generally produce apples quite different from the original, generally in a bad way. You would have to obtain a tree from the U of M to grow your own.

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