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Fruit breeders have been creating varieties with flashy names like Cosmic Crisp and SnapDragon, leaving Red Delicious and McIntosh behind and hoping to knock off recent favorites. 

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Fruit breeders have been creating varieties with flashy names like Cosmic Crisp and SnapDragon, leaving Red Delicious and McIntosh behind and hoping to knock off recent favorites.

Even newer varieties — with flashy names like SweeTango, Juici, Opal and SnapDragon — that could knock Honeycrisp and its generation of fruit from their lucrative perch atop a national apple industry that reaps about $3 billion for farmers each year.

Several, including Cosmic Crisp, are under development in central Washington, which produces almost two-thirds of the apples grown in the United States.

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