Just in time for apple cider season, an announcement has been made that Cosmic Crisp, and new type of apple which is a cross between the disease-resistant Enterprise and the popular Honeycrisp varieties will be hitting shelves December 1st. This is the first new variety of apple to be introduced to the nation in the past few decades, when the Honeycrisp was developed by the University of Minnesota.

This apple variety was developed by Washington State University, and was named Cosmic Crisp because of the bright yellowish dots on its skin, which look like distant stars. Kate Evans, who runs the breeding program at Washington State University, says the apple has a long shelf life in storage and the refrigerator., according to Local 4. It’s ultra-crisp, very juicy and has a good balance of sweetness and tartness. I'm looking forward to smacking a couple of these soon when they finally get delivered.