MINNEAPOLIS — Apple season is underway! There’s the First Kiss, the Sweetango, and of course, the Honeycrisp. But what about that elusive Triumph, the University of Minnesota’s newest apple variety released in January?
David Bedford is a research scientist and apple breeder at the U of M. He takes us to the advanced testing block at the horticulture research center, and this is where we found the rare fruit.
“Most of what you see behind me is most of the world’s supply,” Bedford said.
There are currently four trees populating with Triumph apples. Bedford is a senior research fellow and apple breeder in search of “explosively crisp apples.” He, along with a team of researchers, gave the clear for release of the Triumph.
“It’s a cross between Honeycrisp and another variety that has some disease resistance called Liberty and our goal was to capture some of that crisp juiciness of Honeycrisp but have a variety that had actually extra disease resistance,” Bedford said.
Bedford said the variety is “triumphing” over apple scab, a fungal disease. He said the “tri” part means this concept could benefit three different groups: the grower, who will apply fewer chemicals, and the consumer who will consume fewer chemicals.
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