Types of Apples

Red Delicious

Crunchy and Mildly Sweet

Meet the world’s favorite snacking apple. The heart-shaped Red Delicious features a bright red and sometimes striped skin. Renowned for its crunchy texture and mildly sweet flavor, this tasty apple shines in cool, crisp salads.

Uses: snacking, salads

History:
Introduction to Market: 1874

Place of Origin: Peru, Iowa

Parentage: Unknown, discovered as a chance seedling on the farm of Jesse Hiatt. Originally known as Hawkeye.

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Sweet
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Sweet

Season:

AugJuly

Excellent for Salads

Not suggested for Pie

Not suggested for Sauce

Not suggested for Baking

Not suggested for Freezing

Golden Delicious apple

Golden Delicious

Crisp and Sweet

The Golden Delicious is a perfect pick for any recipe. Sweet and mellow, this crisp apple has a tender golden skin, and its flesh stays white after slicing for longer than other apple varieties. Reach for a Golden Delicious as an all-purpose apple for snacking, salads, baking, freezing, sauces, and more.

Uses: snacking, salads, baking, beverages, pies, sauce, freezing

History:
Introduction to Market: 1914

Place of Origin: Clay County, West Virginia

Parentage: Unknown, perhaps the chance seedling can be traced to Golden Reinette and Grimes Golden

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Sweet
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Season:

AugJuly

Excellent for Salads

Excellent for Pie

Excellent for Sauce

Excellent for Baking

Excellent for Freezing

Gala apple

Gala

Crisp and Very Sweet

You’ll go gaga for Gala! This crisp, aromatically-sweet apple features pink-orange stripes atop a pretty yellow background. Delicious in salads, pies, and sauces, the Gala’s popularity is on the rise around the world.

Uses: snacking, salads, baking, beverages, pies, sauce

History:
Introduction to Market: 1965

Place of Origin: New Zealand

Parentage: Cross of Kidd’s Orange and Golden Delicious apples

 

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Sweet
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Season:

AugJuly

Excellent for Salads

Very good for Pie

Excellent for Sauce

Very good for Baking

Not suggested for Freezing

Fuji apple

Fuji

Crunchy and Super Sweet

Enjoy the full flavor of a Fuji! A crunchy, super-sweet and flavor-forward apple, the Fuji can be enjoyed as an everyday snack as well as in pies, sauces, baking and more.

Uses: snacking, salads, baking, beverages, pies, sauce, freezing

History:
Introduction to Market: 1962

Place of Origin: Japan

Parentage: Cross of Red Delicious and Ralls Janet apples

 

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Sweet
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Season:

AugJuly

Excellent for Salads

Very good for Pie

Very good for Sauce

Very good for Baking

Very good for Freezing

Granny Smith apple

Granny Smith

Crunchy and Tart

Tempt your taste buds with tart Granny Smith apples! Known for its delicious tart flavor and pleasing crunch, the Granny Smith apple’s popularity comes as no surprise. What’s more, it’s a go-to apple variety for snacking and is a favorite of pie bakers. Granny Smiths are great in all kinds of recipes, such as salads, sauces, baking, freezing, and more.

Uses: snacking, salads, baking, beverages, pies, sauce, freezing

History:
Introduction to Market: 1868

Place of Origin: Australia

Parentage: Believed to be descended from French Crabapples cultivated by Australian grandmother Maria Ann Smith

Less
Sweet
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Sweet

Season:

AugJuly

Excellent for Salads

Excellent for Pie

Excellent for Sauce

Excellent for Baking

Excellent for Freezing

Honeycrisp apple

Honeycrisp

Crisp and Distinctly Sweet

The Honeycrisp apple’s name says it all! Pleasantly crisp, sweet and juicy, this popular apple features a beautiful bright red skin mottled with pale green. Its complex flavor is subtly tart, and is a versatile ingredient for recipes ranging from sweet to savory. As a snack, Honeycrisp apples burst with juice with every bite, and they are also a delicious addition to salads, pies, sauces, and baked goods.

Uses: snacking, salads, baking, beverages, pies, sauce

History:
Introduction to Market: 1991

Place of Origin: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

Parentage: Cross between a Keepsake apple and an unknown variety

 

Less
Sweet
More
Sweet

Season:

SeptMay

Excellent for Salads

Excellent for Pie

Excellent for Sauce

Excellent for Baking

Good for Freezing

Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) apple

Cripps Pink

Crunchy and Sweet-Tart

Bask in the sweet blush of Cripps Pink! Loved by snackers and bakers alike for its unique sweet-tart flavor and firm, crisp flesh, this beauty of an apple is a crowd pleaser. Named for its bright pink skin, this versatile apple is great for eating fresh out of hand as well as in salads, pies, sauces, baking, and freezing.

Uses: snacking, salads, baking, beverages, pies, sauce, freezing

History:
Introduction to Market: 1985

Place of Origin: Australia

Parentage: Cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams

 

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Sweet
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Season:

NovJuly

Excellent for Salads

Excellent for Pie

Excellent for Sauce

Very good for Baking

Very good for Freezing

Braeburn apple

Braeburn

Crisp and Tangy

The bold flavor of a Braeburn can’t be beat. This crisp apple offers a sweet-tart flavor with a hint of sweet spice. Its skin color varies from orange to red over yellow. A fabulous anytime snack, Braeburns are also a good choice for salads, pies, baking, and sauces.

Uses: snacking, salads, baking, beverages, pies, sauce, freezing

History:
Introduction to Market: 1952

Place of Origin: New Zealand

Parentage: Uncertain, discovered as a chance seedling and is thought to be a cross between Lady Hamilton and Granny Smith

Less
Sweet
More
Sweet

Season:

OctJuly

Excellent for Salads

Very good for Pie

Very good for Sauce

Very good for Baking

Very good for Freezing

More Apples

Ambrosia

Crisp and Mildly Sweet

In Season: September - February

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages

Aurora

Very Crisp and Delicately Sweet

In Season: September - January

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages, Pies, Sauce, Freezing

Cameo

Crunchy and Sweet-Tart

In Season: October - August

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages, Pies, Sauce, Freezing

Cosmic Crisp

Sweet and Tangy

Available in stores starting in 2019

Product of Washington State University apple breeding program

JazzTM

Crisp and Tangy

In Season:September – July

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages, Pies, Sauce, Freezing

Jonagold

Crunchy and Sweet-Tart

In Season: October - July

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages, Pies, Sauce

Kanzi

Crunchy and Sweet-Sour

In Season: January - May

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages, Pies, Sauce, Freezing

Kiku

Crunchy and Very Sweet

In Season: November - May

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages, Pies, Sauce, Freezing

Lady Alice®

Crunchy and Sweet-Tart

In Season: February - May

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages, Pies, Sauce

Opal

Crisp and Juicy-Sweet

In Season: November - April

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages, Pies, Sauce, Freezing

Pacific RoseTM

Crisp and Sweet

In Season: November - April

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Sauce

Pinova/Piñata®

Very Crisp and Sweet

In Season: November - May

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Sauce

Rome

Soft and Mildly Tart

In Season: September - ??

Uses: Baking, Pies, NOT the best for Snacking

Sonya

Crunchy and Sweet

In Season: December - April

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Beverages, Pies, Sauce, Freezing

SweeTango

Crisp and Distinctly Sweet

In Season: August – November

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking

Autumn Glory®

Crunchy and subtly “cinnamon”-sweet

In Season: November - April

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking and Beverages