ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ SnapDragon and RubyFrost are the names of two new apples that will soon hit selected farm stands after more than a decade of development by Cornell University.
The official names of the varieties previously known as ``New York 1'' and ``New York 2'' were announced Thursday afternoon by Jeff Crist of 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.