All of these apple varieties are suitable for cooking, fresh eating, and juice. Each apple has its own unique characteristics and the following are some notable qualities. Beginning Picking dates and (last date of availability from cold storage) are listed below.
Lodi July 25
Zestar! August 5
Gingergold August 5
Sansa August 10
Sweet, fruity flavor. Similar appearance to Gala
Gala August 20
Honeycrisp September 2
McIntosh September 2 (October 5)
Unique tart flavor. Excellent for pie and applesauce. Good for eating fresh. Cooks into a smooth sauce. Medium size. Good keeper, but texture softens after 1 or 2 weeks.
Golden Delicious September 12 (December 15)
Sweet flavor, light crisp texture. Great for fresh eating. Popular for applesauce. Medium size. Good keeper.
Jonathan September 12 (October 31)
Tart flavor. Crisp white juicy flesh. Long-time favorite for cooking. Also wonderful for juice. Medium size. Stays crisp for about two weeks.
Jonagold September 12 (December 15)
Nice blend of sweet and tart flavors. Crisp and very juicy. Great for fresh eating. Good for cooking. Large size. Stays crisp for a month.
Empire September 19 (October 31)
This McIntosh x Red Delicious cross is a nice sweet, mild eating apple. Makes a smooth applesauce much like McIntosh, but milder and sweeter. Medium size.
Red Delicious September 25 (November 30)
Sweet, mild flavor. Ours is an old-fashioned variety with less color and more flavor. Good for fresh eating. Good for applesauce and juice. Medium size. Not the best keeper.
Rome September 30 (December 15)
Slighty tart mild flavor. Good for eating fresh. Wonderful for baked apples! Makes a smooth mild applesauce. Large size. Easy to pick.
Mutsu September 30
Fuji October 15 (February 10)
Our most popular apple. Very sweet flavor. Dense crisp texture. Fantastic for eating fresh and dried. Good for juice. Medium size. Excellent keeper. Stays crisp for months.
Granny Smith October 10 (February 10)
Very tart flavor. Nice firm texture. Exceptional for eating fresh, if you like a tart apple. A favorite for pies. Good for juice, applesauce and drying. Large size. Good keeper.