If you want choice and selection, you’ve come to the right fruit. There are over 7,000 varieties of apples grown around the world. You’ve got a wide selection of colors- red, yellow, golden, and green in many hues. Qualities vary in sweetness, uses, firmness (crunchy, anyone?), size, and more.
Not sure you have enough space for a big ‘ole apple tree? There are plenty of dwarf varieties that take up far less space and generally only grow 10-15 feet. These dwarfs are popular with home gardeners and “Pick You Own” farms.
Did You Know? Apples contain 80 calories, no sodium or cholesterol, and are high in dietary fiber. They are good for your teeth, gums, and facial muscles, too.
While we cannot possibly, listed below are some of he more popular apple varieties.
|Acey Mac||Sweet, tart, juicy||Eating and sauce||Discovered in Peru in 1969|
|Autumn Crisp||Extra crisp, juicy, High in vitamin C and antioxidants.||Apple sauce, snacks||Developed at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY.|
|Braeburn||crisp, combination of sweet and tart||snacks, salads, baking, freezing||Originated in New Zealand n 1952.|
|Cameo||Sweet, tart flavor, crunchy, firm texture||Eat fresh, desserts||Discovered in state of Washington in 1980’s.|
|Cortland||Sweet, soft||snacks, baking, salads||* Created in 1915 at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY.|
* Cross between a McIntosh and Ben Davis apples
|Crispin(Mutsu)||Crisp, firm, sweet, juicy||baking, eat fresh||Developed in Japan in the 1930’s. Arrived in the US. in the 1940’s.|
|Empire||Crisp, blend of sweet and tart, juicy||Excellent snacking, eating fresh, baking||* Created in 1915 at the Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY..|
* Coss between Red Delicious and McIntosh
|Fortune||A combination of sweet and tart, juicy||Fresh eating, sauce, baking||A cross between Schoharie Spy and Empire|
|Fuji||spicy, very crisp, firm||Eat fresh, snacking||Developed in Japan, it is a cross between Red Delicious and Ralls Janet|
|Gala||firm, sweet, juicy||fresh, snacks, baking, salads, applesauce||* Created in New Zealand in 1962.|
* Cross between Golden Delicious and Kid’s Orange apples
|Ginger Gold||Sweet, juicy, yellow||Excellent fresh eating, salads||* Discovered by a farmer in Virginia in 1980, and his farmer’s wife|
* Cross between Golden Delicious and Albemarle Pippin
|Golden Delicious||Sweet, juicy, crisp, yellow||snack, baking, cooking||Discovered in West Virginia in 1914..|
|Granny Smith||Slightly tart.||snacking, baking||More green than red.|
|Honeycrisp||sweet, crisp||eat fresh, salads||Developed in Minnesota in 1991.|
|Idared||Crisp, sweet, tart flavor||eat fresh, pies||* Created in 1942.|
* Cross between Jonathan and Wagner
|Jonagold||Honey sweet, a hint of tartness, very juicy||eat fresh, salad, sauce, baking||* Developed at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. in 1968.|
* Cross between Jonathan and Golden Delicious
|Jonamac||Sweet, tart flavor||eat fresh||* Developed at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. in 1972.|
* Cross between Jonathan and McIntosh
|Jonathan||somewhat tart, but good flavor||snacks, and baking|
|Macoun||Extra sweet, with a mild, tart taste||A great eating apple||* Created in 1923 Developed at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY.|
* A cross between McIntosh and Jersey Black.
|McIntosh||sweet, soft, juicy||All-purpose, classic eating apple||* Discovered by John McIntosh, Ontario Canada in 1800’s.|
|Paula Red||Sweet and tart||eat fresh, sauce||Originated in a farmer’s orchard in Michigan in 1960. Named after his wife.|
ripens, harvests early
|Red Delicious||Crisp, sweet, delicious||Eat Fresh, salads||poor for baking|
|Rome||Slightly tart||Best for baking, sauce, eat fresh||Originated in Ohio in the1820’s.|
|20 Ouncer||Slightly tart||Excellent for baking and Applesauce|
|Zestar||crisp, juicy||eat fresh||Created at the University of Minnesota in 1998.|