HOLMEN, Wis. (WEAU) -- There’s a new kind of apple that you can sink your teeth into, and it was developed at local orchard.
Doug Shefelbine co-owns Shefelbine Orchards in Holmen.
He said he started planting seeds about 26 years ago, and all of that work lead to an apple that’s been named the Riverbelle.
“It’s a numbers game. You have to plant enough seeds, you’ve got to have enough patience, wait for 9-10 year, and you may find something. You may find one good apple in 10,000 seeds,” said Shefelbine.
Shefelbine said Riverbelle are similar to Honeycrisp, but have a more intense flavor.
“We need some new varities to help the apple industry. Honeycrisp has been great for Wisconsin and Minnesota growers, it’s an apple that people are willing to pay a fair price for and they really enjoy it,” said Shefelbine.
Fred Sandvik co-owns Old Hickory Orchards in La Crescent, Minnesota.
He said it’s exciting to have a new variety of apples.
“It’s really juicy. It’s got a good crunch to it. You know it’s not really meaty, I think it eats well,” said Sandvik.
Both Sandvik and Shefelbine said Riverbelle have gotten positive reviews from customers.
“We haven’t personally sold that many of them, but the response has been good,” said Shefelbine.
“I’ve gotten good response on these. It’s a good eating apple,” said Sandvik.
Shefelbine said Riverbelle are grown throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Shefelbine also developed another kind of apple known as Pizazz.
He said it should be ready around October 10.