'Honeycrisp' has been the highest returning apple variety for BC growers on a per pound basis for at least the past ten years. It is not unusual for it to pay two or three times more than more widely grown varieties like 'Gala' and 'Ambrosia'. However, the potential returns for 'Honeycrisp' can be greatly reduced because of a number of problems inherent to the variety that result in a significant amount of fruit being thrown on the orchard floor during harvest and even more being culled during the packing process. A much smaller percent of the total 'Honeycrisp' produced in the orchard gets into the box and sold when compared to most other varieties. Factors that reduce the potential return are both horticultural and postharvest in nature. They include bitter pit, stem punctures, decay, stem bowl splits, soft scald, soggy breakdown and leather blotch.
Three factsheets have been developed through the Honeycrisp Best Management Project and are available through your local horticulturists.
Funding for this project has been provided in part by the Government of British Columbia through programs and initiatives delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.