The Arboretum’s AppleHouse Is Open After a Great Season

Honeycrisp, SweeTango, First Kiss, and other new apple varieties flourished this year
Honeycrisp apple tree

Courtesy University of Minnesota

’Tis time to make a trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska if you haven’t been there recently to see all the gorgeous flowers and greenery and the amazing sculpture garden. Plus, save time to visit the recently opened Arboretum AppleHouse, where the best apples ever are waiting a bit west on Highway 5.

Choose from the University of Minnesota’s SweeTango, Zestar!, and First Kiss varieties, along with other research-tested apples with numbers instead of names, each vying to become the next Honeycrisp.

David Bedford, James Luby, and the apple research team have worked diligently year round to give the world the best-tasting apples. It’s been a good year for apple development and texture, and in this pandemic year, that’s great news. “Apples don’t care about human problems,” Bedford said. With the right weather, they can produce an amazing crop regardless of what else is happening in the world.

The AppleHouse is located a few miles west of the Arboretum’s main entrance (7485 Rolling Acres Rd., Victoria). Lots of new food lines and gadgets, as well as pumpkins and gourds later in the season.

Check the hotline to find out what’s available: 612-301-3487. The Peace Coffee truck and mini-donuts will be on site after Labor Day. Bring your masks and observe social distancing, as CDC protocols are in place.

University of Minnesota’s AppleHouse
7485 Rolling Acres Rd., Victoria
Saturday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.