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The masterminds behind the famous Honeycrisp and other apples at the University of Minnesota are at it again, introducing a new variety of apple called 'Triumph.'

I have to admit, before I moved to Minnesota nearly a decade ago, I had no idea how many of the different varieties of apples we take for granted in the produce section of grocery stores or at farmer's markets were invented right here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Would you believe 27 different apple varieties have been pioneered here in the North Star State, all thanks to the University of Minnesota?!? And, it's not just apples they've invented, the Minnesota Hardy program has also been breeding berries, grapes, ornamental trees and shrubs, flowers, and grasses for over 150 years. And, they've come up with over 400 different varieties since then!

And now, you can add the new 'Triumph' apple to the list of varieties invented here in Minnesota. The U of M announced the new apple last week, saying it's a "cross of ‘Honeycrisp’ and ‘Liberty’, and has been named Triumph™. Triumph™ is a firm fruit with red skin and a slightly tart flavor. The fruit is winter-hardy with good disease resistance," the U of M's release said.

So how'd they come up with the name 'Triumph'? Well, it was all part of a contest the U held last fall-- one that garnered over 500 suggestions. The release said they chose 'Triumph' because it instills a feeling of hope and optimism.

Here's the thing, though: it's going to take a little while before we can all sink our teeth in the latest Minnesota apple innovation. The U of M says it will sell the new 'Triumph' apple tree to local homeowners and orchards, and a 'handful' will start growing this spring, with more on the way in 2022. But, as for the Triumph apples themselves? They won't be available for another 4 to 5 years yet as Mother Nature runs her course.

Of course, apples aren't the only things invented here in Minnesota. Many of the things we use every day can trace their beginnings to the North Star State-- including some items you probably weren't even aware of. Keep scrolling to check out some of the more odd things that have been invented here too.

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