Taste Profile

The Cosmic Crisp® apple is remarkably crisp, sweet, sharp, tangy, and unbelievably juicy. As a cross between ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Honeycrisp’ apple varieties, it has a firm and crisp texture. This apple is terrific for eating out of hand, with ample sweetness and tartness. Its flesh does not brown easily, and the flavor and texture is maintained even through storage.

People ask, “Are Cosmic Crisp® GMO?”  The answer is, “No, they are not.”

The Cosmic Crisp® was classically bred by the WSU Tree Fruit Program and is non-GMO.  Bruce Barritt and Kate Evans, who led the tree fruit breeding program at WSU, spent over 20 years ensuring the Cosmic Crisp® would be naturally developed into a beautiful, tasty, and non-GMO apple.  We hope you take a moment to read more about it.


Cosmic Crisp® Industry Guide

Members of the Washington Apple Industry are invited to sign up for the Cosmic Crisp® Industry Guide. We’ve placed all the quality standards, packaging requirements, research, news, and more in one easy to use location. This site is exclusively for our industry partners. You will need to create an account to access the site.


The Cosmic Crisp® apple is the latest wonder from Washington State University’s world-class tree fruit breeding program.


Innovative package design and exciting merchandising grabs consumer’s attention. It’s one way we inspire sales.

Revolutionary Taste

The taste is out-of-this-world. Due to the perfect balance between sugar and acid, the apple is slow to brown when cut. The Cosmic Crisp® maintains its texture and flavor in storage longer than most apple varieties.

What people are saying:

“It’s a really good eating apple, very crisp and juicy.”

“I would not describe this as an eating apple, but rather an experience!”

“No question, Cosmic Crisp® is my new favorite apple”


High Graphic Euro Display Carton

  • High-graphic design to make a high-impact statement in a retail display
  • For use with Washington Extra Fancy grades

High Graphic Tray Pack Carton

  • Brightly colored and appealing to the consumer, this carton is intended to feature the Washington Extra Fancy Grade.

2 Color Euro Carton

  • 2-Layer euro packaging
  • Can be used for all grades

2 Color Tray Pack Carton

  • Alternative to the high-graphic package.
  • All grades can be packed into this carton.

Pouch Bags

  •  2 & 3 lb pouch with tagline by handle
  • French Language on the reverse for Canadian shipments

Club Store Clamshell Packaging

  •  Rectangle label features Cosmic Crisp® graphics
  • Most commonly found in Costco stores

Organic Pouch Bag

  • 2 lb pouch bag for organic sales
  • Features the USDA Organic seal

Discover More about Cosmic Crisp®


Seeds were germinated and raised in a greenhouse in 1998 at the Washington State University (WSU) Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Wenatchee. The seedling was transferred to a collaborating commercial nursery in May 1998 where it grew until Sept. 1999, when it was budded onto M.9 rootstock.


The resulting tree was planted in the Phase 1 seedling evaluation orchard CV12 at WSU’s Columbia View orchard (row 16B, position 75) in Apr. 2001. Fruit from this original budded tree was evaluated in 2002 and 2003. Based on fruit quality, ‘WA 38’ was selected and advanced to Phase 2 evaluation in Oct. 2003. Buds were taken from the seedling tree and propagated onto M.9 rootstock in Sept. 2004.


Five trees were planted at each of three Phase 2 sites in central Washington in Apr. 2006. Additional trees were budded in 2006 onto M.9 rootstocks for larger scale Phase 3 plantings in 2008 at four commercial orchard sites in central Washington. ‘WA 38’ was virus-tested and certified material was budded onto virus-indexed vigorous rootstocks at nurseries for the production of State certified propagation material.

Since 2008, trees have been grown in four locations across Washington and evaluated for horticultural traits and storage behavior by Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission scientists Tom Auvil and Dr. Ines Hanrahan and WSU apple breeder Dr. Kate Evans, with the help of an industry advisory group.

Naming the apple involved several meetings with focus groups around the state with sessions in Pullman, Yakima and Seattle. The “Cosmic” factor in the name was developed because of the “striking” lenticels on the apple surface. Those little spots look like starbursts to some and consumers are believed to be drawn to names relating to outer space and the cosmos. One of the outstanding attributes of the variety is its crisp texture. “Crisp” also links to its parent, ‘Honeycrisp’.

Growing Cosmic Crisp®

Cosmic Crisp® is exclusive to Washington State for all of North America.

Individual tree purchases can be made at:

Cloud Mountain Farm Center

Raintree Nursery

Burnt Ridge Nursery

Sky Nursery

Valley Nursery 

Importing Cosmic Crisp®

Featured Cosmic Crisp® Recipes

Apple and Lemon Custard Tart

Ginger Crisp Stir Fry

Sweet Buckwheat Crêpes with Roasted Apples

The intense sweetness of the Cosmic Crisp® apples is the perfect compliment to earthy buckwheat crêpes and the tangy mascarpone filling. Enjoy this dish for dessert or breakfast.