Minnesota designated the Honeycrisp™ apple (Malus pumila cultivar Honeycrisp) as the official state fruit in 2006 (suggested by a class of students from Andersen Elementary School in Bayport).
The Honeycrisp™ is a cross of Macoun and Honeygold apples developed by the University of Minnesota's apple breeding program. Honeycrisp™ apples are now grown across the United States, Canada, and as far away as South Africa and New Zealand.
Honeycrisp™ apples have an exceptionally crisp and juicy texture. The Honeycrisp is a winter-hardy tree producing apples that are 60 to 90 percent mottled-red over a yellow background. The fruit surface has shallow dimples and numerous small dots with green russeting at the stem end. They are harvested from mid-September to mid-October in east central Minnesota.