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NY apple growers announce names of 2 new varieties
ALBANY -- New York's apple growers are releasing the names of two new apples that will soon hit selected farm stands after more than a decade of development by Cornell University.
The varieties are now known simply as "New York 1" and "New York 2." The first is described as crisp and juicy like its parent, the popular Honeycrisp. Cornell says the second is suited for baking and fresh use and is high in vitamin C.
Cornell's apple-breeding program has taken a new approach to commercializing the new varieties. Instead of publicly releasing them to all growers, Cornell has forged a licensing agreement with a new industry group, New York Apple Growers.
The names will be released Thursday at Cornell's annual fruit grower field days in Geneva.