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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I buy Cosmic Crisp® apples in stores?

A: Apples will start shipping to stores from our warehouses in Washington on December 1st, 2019. You can expect to see them in your local store soon after.

Q: What stores will carry Cosmic Crisp® apples?

A: Stay tuned to our social media channels and websites for retailer information.

Q: Where are Cosmic Crisp® apples grown?

A: The Cosmic Crisp® is grown in all five growing regions in Washington State.

Q: What do Cosmic Crisp® apples taste like?

A: Unlike other varieties with flavor better suited to a particular use, the Cosmic Crisp® is one apple equally delicious whole, sliced or in cooking and baking. Cosmic Crisp® apples are large and juicy with a firm and crisp texture that provides ample sweetness. Cultivated with naturally higher levels of acidity and sugar, this apple packs a flavor punch that allows chefs and bakers to reduce sugar in their recipes.

Q: What’s the best way to store Cosmic Crisp® apples so they stay fresh?

A: Cosmic Crisp® apples are best stored at 32 °F. The produce drawer of your refrigerator is the best place to store apples. Place them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes in it or cover the apples with a damp paper towel. Apples ripen almost 10 times faster at room temperature!

Q: What makes the Cosmic Crisp® apple naturally slow to brown?

A: Cosmic Crisp® apples are naturally cultivated to have higher levels of acidity and sugar. This makes Cosmic Crisp® apples not only sweeter than other varieties, but also naturally slow to brown.

Q: How many calories are in a Cosmic Crisp® apple?

A: There are an average of 72 calories in 1 medium Cosmic Crisp® apple.

Calorie breakdown: 3% fat, 96% carbs, 1% protein.

Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free. A medium sized apple has less than 100 calories and makes Cosmic Crisp® apples the perfect snack. Apples rank low on the Glycemic Index. This means that carbohydrates in apples boost blood sugar less rapidly than other foods.

Q: What does Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved mean?

A: The Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved emblem helps consumers lead healthier lives by empowering them to make informed food choices. It is granted to food products that have been evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Institute Food & Nutrition Lab and that align with GH Nutritionist Approved core values — simplicity, transparency and innovation. You can read more about the GH Nutritionist Approved emblem here.

Q: Why is there a sticker on Cosmic Crisp® apples?

A:  Each bulk Comic Crisp® apple will have a PLU (price look up) sticker that verifies it has met our strict quality standards and allows us to properly track the fruit.

Q: Is there wax on Cosmic Crisp® apples?

A: Yes, Cosmic Crisp® apples have a food-grade wax on them; however, Organic Cosmic Crisp® apples do not have wax on them. Apple waxes are made from natural ingredients and are certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be safe to eat. After harvest, apples are washed and brushed to remove leaves and field dirt before they are packed for shipping to your local market. This cleaning process removes the fruit’s natural original wax coating, so to protect the fruit, many apple packers will reapply a commercial grade wax.

Q: Can I grow my own Cosmic Crisp® trees from an apple seed?

A: The answer to this question is both yes and no. Yes, you can plant the seed and grow apples, but they won’t be a duplicate of the Cosmic Crisp® apples you purchase in the grocery store. The Cosmic Crisp® is a product of 20+ years of breeding, and commercial growers plant rootstock instead of seed. In addition, the tree requires a pollinator - it’s very similar to having children. The offspring could look more like the mother or they could look more like the father. It’s the same with an apple; you can’t guarantee what the offspring will be. It may be similar to a Cosmic Crisp®, but it will not be a true Cosmic Crisp®.

If you’re interested in planting your own Cosmic Crisp® tree, we encourage you to learn more about the restrictions and process of purchasing and growing them here.

Q: How are Cosmic Crisp® apples grown?

A: Cosmic Crisp® apples are orchard grown in Washington State where days are warm and nights are cool near the Columbia River.  This climate offers the best apple growing region in the world.

Q: How can I purchase Cosmic Crisp® trees?

A: Cosmic Crisp® apples, or WA 38, is a licensed apple variety owned by WSU. To learn more about the restrictions and process of purchasing and growing, click here.

Q: Can media request a sample mailing of Cosmic Crisp® apples?

A: Yes! We are sending a limited amount of samples to media prior to the distribution of Cosmic Crisp® apples. Please send us an email with your contact information.

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