( Courtesy Stemilt Growers )

Stemilt Growers’ Rave brand apples joined the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus for the presidential inauguration of Joan T.A. Gabel, the university’s first female president.

Rave apples were developed by David Bedford at the university’s apple breeding program in 1997, according to a news release. Rights were given to Stemilt to grow Rave in 2014, and the apple was introduced to the market in 2017.

“It was an honor for our signature apple, Rave, to be part of this historic celebration in Minnesota,” Brianna Shales, senior marketing manager at Stemilt, said in the release about the Sept. 20 event.

Stemilt donated more than 4,000 apples to be handed out during the post-inauguration celebration, according to the release. Stemilt also had a Rave branded table and tent, shared the story of Rave, and gave out reusable tote bags to visitors.

“If any college community knows its apples, it’s those who attend the University of Minnesota,” Shales said. “Their famed apple breeding program includes both Honeycrisp and SweeTango as success stories. Rave certainly had big names to live up to, but we were blown away by the familiarity and sheer excitement people had for our outrageously juicy new apple.”

Stemilt is nearing the end of its third Rave apple season, according to the release.

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