I just bought some apples called “Rosalee” from the local fruit farm (Rosalee is aka MAIA11 from Midwest Apple Improvement Association). They had a crisp and juicy Honeycrisp-type texture which was as good or better than HC. Very light, very crisp, very juicy. 15 brix with a very good apple flavor.
The apples I tried were medium size while the Honeycrisps sold next to them were softball size.
Official description :
MAIA11 (plant patent PP24,579) harvests 2 weeks after Golden Delicious. MAIA11 apples that meet quality requirements will be marketed as Rosalee®. MAIA11 fruit has a clean, floral taste with spectacular texture. The parents of MAIA11 are Honeycrisp & Fuji.
From the few samples I tried, “spectacular texture” was an appropriate description.
This apple is a Fuji-Honeycrisp cross that ripens along with Golden Delicious. “It has a long harvest window,” Doud said.
The apple’s texture is Honeycrisp- reminiscent. “In storage, it does not lose texture,” he said. “If you have a nice, clean storage, Rosalee will have a nice clean taste.”
So far, growers have yet to encounter bitterpit or water core but have noticed higher than average incidence of storage rot. “It’s not as bad as Honeycrisp but similar to Golden Delicious,” Doud said.
Rosalees offer no resistance to fire blight and have a low level of scab resistance, said Mitch Lynd, a retired grower and MAIA member, whose family still farms a 175-acre orchard and runs a farm market near Pataskala, Ohio.
Trees have low to moderate vigor and require chemical and sometimes follow-up hand thinning. “They are not nearly as stubborn as Fuji or Golden Delicious, but not self-regulating like EverCrisp,” said Lynd.
The medium- to medium-large-sized apple grows to 2.75 to 3.75 inches.