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Johnny m'Boy drink in glass with apple slice
Winter 2021

Apple pie, oh my 

Apple pie is perfect for the Thanksgiving table. Christmas, too. And not just in a tin or on a plate, but in a glass.

Washington State Magazine asked Venise (Drllevich) Cunningham (’10 Hum. Dev.) to share a recipe that highlights one of her company’s seasonal syrups.

She runs Simple Goodness Sisters with her sister, Belinda Kelly. Cunningham is the farmer who grows many of the ingredients used in the sisters’ specialty syrups. Kelly is the mixologist and recipe developer. She created this cocktail to complement Simple Goodness Sisters Apple Pie syrup.

Why not make the apple-slice garnish a Cosmic Crisp®?

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Blake Loos prepares a cocktail at Etsi Bravo
Winter 2021

Bravo for this spiced apple cocktail

Late autumn and early winter conjure up images of leaves changing colors, apples, holiday festivities, and warming spices. Washington State Magazine asked Blake (Loos) Preston (’14 Wine Busi. Mgmt.) to share a cocktail recipe that captures the mood and highlights the flavors of the season.

She owns Pullman’s premier nightclub and lounge with her husband, Cory. Etsi Bravo pivoted twice during the pandemic and was able to not only survive but thrive. In fact, the Prestons expanded their hospitality footprint on the Palouse, opening two new College Hill establishments in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

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Winter 2020

Cosmic Crisp recipes

Sweet, tart, juicy, firm. These traits make the Cosmic Crisp® super versatile in the kitchen.

The new apple, developed at Washington State University and grown—at least for now—only in Washington, is good in both sweet or savory dishes as well as raw or cooked, standing up to heat and holding its shape and texture.

Its myriad culinary uses include brightening soups, sauces, salads, slaws, and salsas⁠—and even topping pizza. Of course, with its satisfying snap-crunch, the flavorful Cosmic Crisp, a registered trademark, is a good eating apple, too—raw and right out of your hand, or sliced and served with brie or dipped in peanut butter or … » More …

Sunrise Magic apple
Winter 2020

Cosmic Crisp, WA 2, and what’s next

Cosmic Crisp® isn’t the first Washington State University apple to go to market. That distinction goes to WA 2, or Sunrise Magic®.

Like Cosmic Crisp, Sunrise Magic was bred at WSU for Washington growers. But it wasn’t launched with the same hype. And it still isn’t as well-known as its successor. Proprietary Variety Management, which is handling the commercialization of both Cosmic Crisp and Sunrise Magic, is working to change that—just as WSU’s pome fruit breeding program continues working on creating new varieties.

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Faster drop for a new crop
Spring 2017

Faster drop for a new crop

Water and time are money if you’re a farmer. Trees are especially slow, and to get a new apple variety growing at a commercial scale can take years. It not only takes a couple of years after planting for fruit production to start, but it’s a long time just getting trees to plant.

The number of trees needed to plant a commercial-scale orchard is daunting. Even a small orchard of 100 acres needs nearly a quarter million trees to get going. And while it might take only a couple years to “raise a few rootstocks, thousands can take many years,” Washington State University apple breeder … » More …