Sep
18
2007

Name an apple – but don’t call it iFruit

Name needed: The apple variety, currently known at the University of Minnesota Arboretum as MN-447, needs a proper name. What do you think this small, sweet and sometimes cracked apple should be called? Send in your suggestion.
Name needed: The apple variety, currently known at the University of Minnesota Arboretum as MN-447, needs a proper name. What do you think this small, sweet and sometimes cracked apple should be called? Send in your suggestion.
A few years ago, actress Gwyneth Paltrow named her new-born son Apple. Now you have the chance to name an apple.

The University of Minnesota is taking suggestions for a more proper name for one of its research apples. It’s currently known as MN-447. And who really wants to go by MN-447, right?

The apple has actually been around for some time, although it hasn’t been put out on the commercial market. It’s a breeding apple that’s been used to create new varieties of apples, including the U’s world-famous Honeycrisp.

According to apple researchers at the U, while it has some great genetic characteristics to pass along to other apples, it isn’t exactly the “apple of the eye” to consumers. It is a smaller apple that often cracks around the top and has a strange flavor that’s been compared to Hawaiian Punch, molasses and sugarcane on steroids.

In taste tests, usually five or ten percent of samplers give it high marks. But it’s exactly that small group, a niche market, that the university wants to provide an apple to. And it wants to market it with a better name than MN-447.

Hmmmmm? What would be some good names for this particular apple? It’s small, very sweet and sometimes a bit cracked. How about “Harpo” after Harpo Marx. Or maybe something more contemporary like “Howie” after Howie Mandel from Deal or No Deal.

You can submit your own name suggestion for MN-447 by clicking in the "What's New" section at www.arboretum.umn.edu through Oct. 31. Here are some of the names that have already been suggested: Tropical Blizzard, Tropical Punch, Arctic Blast, Arctic Oasis, Polar Picnic, Northern Nugget, Hardy Tropical Punch, Tundra Crunch, Nordic Delight, Sugar Cane, Cold Snap, Iceberg.

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I tasted this apple over 10 years ago ( I bought it at the U of MN Applehouse). It has outstanding flavor IMO. I'm so happy they are releasing it to the public. I plan on planting a tree of it this coming spring. I've tried many apple varieties, but this one is a standout!

posted on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 11:11pm
Rick's picture
Rick says:

Hello,

I went to the website for the Arboretum and there was not a "What's New" section to name the apple so I will do it here, Humpty Darling.

Also I bought a Meteor Cherry tree today and I would love to see what one looked like at maturity. Can you direct me to something online?

Thanks
Rick

posted on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 7:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what happened to enjoying the sweet, natural flavors of the earth?

posted on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 9:07am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

They were boring, so we ditched them for more modern xtreme flavorz.

The thing is, probably every apple you have ever eaten in your entire life has been from a cultivar, a tree that has been carefully "bred" by humans, who have selected desirable genetic traits from other trees over a long period of time to get that tree. I'm pretty sure that most sweet, natural, totally wild apples are, you know, crab apples.

posted on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 9:50am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Yup, it's true.
But it sheds a new light on the legend of Johnny Appleseed.

posted on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 11:59am

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