Types of Apples

Red Delicious Apple

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.

Less
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

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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Sweet

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

 

Less
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

 

Less
Sweet
More
Sweet

Season:

NovJuly

Excellent for Salads

Excellent for Pie

Excellent for Sauce

Very good for Baking

Very good 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

Less
Sweet
More
Sweet

Season:

AugJuly

Excellent for Salads

Excellent for Pie

Excellent for Sauce

Excellent for Baking

Excellent for Freezing

More Apples

A number of our Washington apple varieties are known as ‘proprietary’ or ‘club’ varieties, and are sold by specific companies. Club varieties are designated below with a company logo in the bottom corner of the photo. To find contact information for those companies, please click here.

Ambrosia apple

Ambrosia TM

Sweet as Honey

In Season: Year-Round

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

Known as the “Irresistible apple.”

Grown by a select group of growers.

Aurora apple

Aurora

Very Crisp and Delicately Sweet

In Season: October - January

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

Autumn Glory ®

Crunchy and subtly “cinnamon”-sweet

In Season: November - April

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking and Beverages

Braeburn apple

Braeburn

Crisp and Tangy

In Season: October - July

Uses: Snacking. Salads, Baking, Sauces, Pies

Bold flavor with a sweet-tart flavor and a hint of sweet spice.

Its skin color varies from orange to red over yellow.

Breeze apple

Breeze TM

Crisp and Sweet

In Season: April - July

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Sauce, Pies

Aromatic and sweet with a very crisp, dense white flesh.

It has a solid pink-red blush over a yellow background.

Cameo apple

Cameo

Crunchy and Sweet-Tart

In Season: October - August

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

Cosmic Crisp Apple

Cosmic Crisp

Sweet and Tangy

Available in stores starting in 2019

Product of Washington State University apple breeding program.

Find it in retail stores starting in fall 2019.

Envy apple

Envy TM

Crisp. Sweet. Naturally Delicious.

In Season: October – March

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking

Envy was born by crossing the Braeburn with the Royal Gala apple varieties. Falling in love after the first bite, a team of talented growers planted trees in prime growing regions, such as Washington State, where they bask in long, sundrenched days and crisp, cool evenings. Of course, you’re the one who enjoys the fruit of their labor: a unique, sweet, and crisp apple!

Jazz apple

Jazz TM

Crisp and Tangy

In Season: September – July

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

Jonagold apple

Jonagold

Crunchy and Sweet-Tart

In Season: October - July

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

JUICI TM

Crunchy and Sweet

In Season: November - February

Uses: Snack, Bake, Fresh Salads, Beverages

Dense and Sweet with a hint of tart…and oh so JUICI

Find it in retail stores starting in fall 2017

Kanzi apple

Kanzi ®

Intense and Sweetly Tart

In Season: January - September

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

Kiku apple

Kiku ®

Juicy and Super Sweet

In Season: Year-Round

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

Very exotic, with a juicy super sweet taste, attractive striped ruby-red coloratio. Originating in Italy, it’s quickly becoming a sweet apple lover’s favorite.

KORU ®

Crisp. Sweet. Naturally Delicious.

In season: November - August

Exceptionally juicy. Naturally pollinated cross between Fuji and Braeburn that was discovered in New Zealand. Tastes like no other apple you have ever tried!

Lady Alice ®

Crunchy and Sweet-Tart

In Season: January - May

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

Opal ®

Crisp and Juicy-Sweet

In Season: November - March

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

Pacific Rose apple

Pacific Rose TM

Crisp and Sweet

In Season: November - April

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Sauce

Piñata ®

Crisp, Sweet-Tart and Slightly Tropical

In Season: November - May

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking, Sauce

Also known as Pinova

Rome apple

Rome

Soft and Mildly Tart

In Season: September - April

Uses: Baking, Pies, NOT the best for Snacking

Smitten apple

Smitten TM

Crunchy and Juicy

In Season: September- December

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

One bitten, forever smitten. The Smitten™ is a unique mix of the Gala, Braeburn, Falstaff and Fiesta varieties. It has a full, sweet flavor with plenty of juiciness and crunch.

Sonya

Crunchy and Sweet

In Season: December - April

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

SugarBee Apple

SugarBee TM

Sweet as can bee, crisp and juicy!

In Season: Limited supply until commercial volumes expected by fall of 2019

Uses: Baking, Salads, Beverages, Snacking

Juicy, aromatic flesh snaps when bitten into, and the apple has just the right amount of sweetness.

SweeTango ®

Crisp and Sweet

In Season: August – November

Uses: Snacking, Salads, Baking

Citrus, honey, and spice notes

Sweetie apple

Sweetie

Crisp, sweet, and blushing with flavor

In Season: September – October

Uses: Snacking and Salads