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Sugar Bee Apples
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SugarBee apples look similar to their Honeycrisp parent. The relatively thin and glossy skin is yellow-green in color overlaid with a red blush tinged with orange. Some fruits are up to 100 percent red coloring. Large tan lenticels cover the skin. The conical tapered shape is also very similar to a Honeycrisp. The flesh is creamy white inside and the texture is coarse, juicy, and consistently crispy. SugarBees are very sweet and aromatic, with some richness and floral quality in flavor under the sugar. This variety was chosen to market partly because its sweetness matches current consumer preferences.
SugarBee apples are currently available in the fall, but will be available for extended periods of time once commercial production increases.
SugarBee apples are a new variety of Malus domestica available commercially only quite recently. SugarBees are an open pollinated apple, whose parentage includes the popular Honeycrisp apple. The “Bee” in SugarBee refers to the pollinating bees that produced this variety.
One apple contains approximately 95 calories. Apples do not contain fat, but do have carbohydrates, sugar, protein, and fiber. The skin of apples has the most nutrients. All together, the nutrients in apples lower cholesterol levels, protect cells from cancer, are associated with moderating weight gain, and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
SugarBee apples are versatile, good for eating fresh out of hand, for snacks, baking, or to make juice/cider. Pair with gouda or sharp cheddar for a simple snack. Bake into pies or cakes with spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Notably, SugarBees store well and can be kept in the refrigerator or other cool, dry storage for several months.
Many modern varieties of apples are grown as experiments crossing different varieties with specific traits. SugarBee was developed through a more old-fashioned method—discovering a new tree that was growing promising apples. Discovering new apple varieties takes a lot of work and luck. Every apple seed grows a different apple with different traits, so out of 10,000 seeds perhaps one will grow into a tree producing desirable fruits.
This apple was originally discovered growing in Minnesota by the owner of Ocheda Orchard. Regal Fruit International now has propagation rights, and Chelan Fruit Cooperative in Washington State grows SugarBee apples in the United States. Commercially, SugarBees were first made available in 2019. The trees grow well in climates with temperate summers, such as Washington State.
Recipes that include Sugar Bee Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Sugar Bee Apple||Gooey Baked Sugarbee Apple|
|Sugar Bee Apple||Apple Streusel Coffee Cake|
|Sugar Bee Apple||Apple Cranberry Pastry Bite|
|Sugar Bee Apple||Apple Mulled Wine|
|Sugar Bee Apple||One Skillet Pork Chops, Brussels Sprouts and Apples|