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New apples said to stay fresh for a year hit store shelves

(CNN) — An apple that could last up to a year in a refrigerator is starting to hit grocery store shelves across the U.S.

It took researchers and farmers two decades to make the Cosmic Crisp apple. It’s a mixture of Enterprise and HoneyCrisp apples. 

Cosmic Crisp was developed at Washington State University. It got its name from the little bright spots that resemble stars in the sky. 

The acidity of the Cosmic Crisp supposedly prevents it from turning brown as quickly as other apples. 

450,000 boxes of Cosmic Crisp were available in 2019. In 2020, there’s expected to be more than two million boxes. 

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