Honeycrisp apples are no stranger to getting rave reviews for their taste, and their overall popularity generally makes them more expensive than other apple varieties.
Your standard apple varieties are packed with nutrients, although some may offer different benefits from one another. For example, red apples like Red Delicious are full of antioxidants. Even the humble old Granny Smith is said to have traits that could help control weight gain, although this is still being investigated.
But what about the Honeycrisp apple? Does the nutritional value match its star taste? Let’s take a look!
Honeycrisp apples come from … * drum roll * … not from a sun-drenched orchard in southern France, but from the University of Minnesota.
Surprised? You probably wouldn’t be if you were a Minnesotan. The U of M has a long history of apple breeding and the Honeycrisp is its star student. In fact, it has become such a household name that the Honeycrisp is now the official state apple of Minnesota.
If you find eating an apple that was raised in a university a little off-putting, you’re crushing those worries. It’s a hybrid, not a GMO, bred from a combination of Keepsake apples and the intriguingly named Northern Spy apple.
And that seems like a winning combination because Honeycrisp apples are the third most popular apple in the United States!
What is the nutritional value of Honeycrisp?
Pretty good overall! A medium-sized Honeycrisp apple contains 95 calories and the following nutrients for a 100 grams (g) serving:
- Energy: 52 kilocalories
- Protein: less than 1 g
- Fat: Zero!
- Carbohydrates: 14 grams
- Fiber: 3 g
- Sugar: 10 g
- Calcium: 6 milligrams (mg)
- Potassium K: 110 mg
- Cholesterol: also zero!
Zero fat, no cholesterol and tastes good? You love to see it.
Apples are super versatile in the kitchen. Whether you sniff them raw, use them for cooking, bake cakes or pies, refine a salad or a main meal or mash them with your roast pork in applesauce, our apple friends are there for us.
So what can you do with Honeycrisps? The answer is pretty much! They love to blend in with any recipe that calls for apples and also play a role in certain recipes that really bring out that flavor. Try the following:
- Apple chip. What could be more calming when you’re in the mood for something cozy? Forget your pumpkin lattes. This dish with honeycrisp apples, cinnamon, vanilla and ice cream is the perfect companion on days when you just want to snuggle up in your nicest knitwear.
- Apple Cobbler. Would you like the feeling of comfort food, but something that is a little more substantial than an apple chip? How about a cobbler? This simple recipe takes just 30 minutes to cook and 45 minutes to cook, leaving you plenty of time to sit back and plan your Halloween party.
- Apple bread. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are an apple’s best mates, and this recipe brings them together for the best since Friends: The Reunion. Honeycrisp apples work perfectly, with their combination of sweet and tart flavors that go perfectly with both bread and seasoning. You can not ask for more!
- Salted caramel and honeycrisp apple pie. What’s better than apple pie? A honeycrisp apple pie with salted caramel! Yum! These honeycrisps go perfectly with the sweet and savory taste of the salted caramel and are the perfect dessert for any meal.
- Honeycrisp apple Moscow Mule. Honeycrisp makes this the best dang cocktail you have ever had. Sweet, refreshing and wonderfully alcoholic – what is there not to love?
Okay, honeycrisps are starting to sound like the food of the gods (who knows how to make ambrosia?). There must be some downsides?
Well, a lot depends on personal taste. Honeycrisps have amazing taste and crunchiness – but is it a little too perfect? Some people claim that its impeccable taste makes it a little fake and bland compared to your standard apple. It’s a bit like a Photoshop edited image on Instagram – would you rather see a perfectly curated photo with no tourists in the background or something with a little more reality?
It is true, however, that some cheaper strains may actually be better for you. So do you really want to spend the extra cash when a Granny Smith gives you more bang for your buck?
And while apples are one of the most nutritious fruits on the market, you might want to try something different for the variety of flavors. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and taste pretty amazing in a muffin too. Bananas are full of potassium and oranges are full of vitamin C. And if you want something completely different, how about the potentially carcinogenic dragon fruit?
Honeycrisp apples were bred to be perfect. Bite into one of these suction cups and you get an exquisite crunch followed by a nice, sweet taste. Because of this, they are quickly becoming one of the most popular apple varieties in the United States and come for the Red Delicious crown.
That said, you will likely have to pay extra for the privilege of eating them, and while they are just as healthy as the rest of their apple family, some other cheaper varieties outperform them in terms of nutritional value.
But if all you’re looking for is flavor and an apple that’ll kick the ass in a recipe (and wow your dinner party guests) then the Honeycrisp is hard to beat!