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New NY Apples: SnapDragon, RubyFrost

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New York is the nation's #2 apple producer, behind Washington state.

The official names of the varieties previously known as "New York 1" and "New York 2" were announced Thursday afternoon by New York Apple Growers.

SnapDragon is described as crisp and juicy like its parent, the popular Honeycrisp. Cornell says RubyFrost will be popular with fans of Empire and Granny Smith.

Cornell's apple-breeding program has taken a new approach to commercializing the new varieties. Instead of publicly releasing them to all growers, Cornell has forged a licensing agreement with a new industry group, New York Apple Growers.

The names were released at Cornell's annual fruit grower field days in Geneva.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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