Okanagan Specialty Fruits, developer and grower behind the non-browning Arctic apple, has announced the largest ever harvest of 1,350 acres in Washington state. Arctic Golden yielded about 8,400 bins or almost eight million pounds. Arctic Granny yielded about 5,500 bins or five million pounds. This is twice the size of the 2019 harvest and is attributed to an increase in harvestable acreage from last year and the trees, which as they mature, produce more fruit.
“We are thankful for our team of over 150 harvesters who have made this season possible,” said Bob Wilkinson, director of sales for OSF. “We’re proud to see the Arctic apple volume continue to grow and look forward to our buyers and consumers giving this season's high quality, delicious apples a try.”
Arctic apples use the apple’s own genes to turn off the enzyme responsible for making apples turn brown when cut or bruised. The result is a longer shelf-life apple, which means less food waste from harvest to consumption.
Source: Okanagan Specialty Fruits October 27, 2020 news release