YAKIMA - Apples appeared abundant this year thanks to a one of the largest Washington state yields in history.
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association says this year’s crop estimate was 138.2 million 40-pound boxes.
That figure far surpasses the 116.7 million boxes harvested a year ago. But it’s still inferior to the 2014 record crop totaling 141.8 million boxes.
The association says the apple harvest is nearing its end across the state. The crop estimate only includes fresh apples and does not include fruit sent to processing for conversion into juice or applesauce.
Gala was the prominent variety accounting for 23.5% of the overall Washington crop. Red Delicious came in second at 19.7%.