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Acey Mac

Sweet, tart and juicy

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The Acey Mac apple is crisp, juicy and sweet. It’s an excellent snacking apple. Similar to – and just slightly firmer and generally larger – than its cousin the McIntosh.

PROFILE:

Sweet, Tart, Juicy

BEST USES:

Excellent for fresh eating
Good for sauces

SPECIAL HINT:

Tender flesh cooks quickly, so add a thickener if making a pie.

AVAILABILITY:

September

Braeburn

Sweet, tangy and juicy

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An old-fashioned sweet apple with a smooth, crisp texture and a real depth of flavor. Perfect for snacks and salads.

PROFILE:

Sweet and tangy flavor
Aromatic and juicy
Super crisp texture with yellow flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for snacking and cooking
Good for sauces and salads

SPECIAL HINT:

This ultra-crisp apple will appeal to teens, a great way to encourage healthy snacking.

AVAILABILITY:

October

Cameo

Tart, sweet and crispy

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A bright, red-striped apple with a creamy orange color; firm and crisp. It has a thin skin with a sweet/tart flavor, and makes a great fresh eating apple. You may even notice a hint of pear.

PROFILE:

Tart, sweet flavor
Crispy

BEST USES:

Fresh eating
Excellent for salads, pies, sauces and baking

AVAILABILITY:

Late October

Cortland

Sweet, juicy and tender

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Picture a fresh fruit cup featuring beautiful, snow-white apples. It’s likely made with Cortland, the very best Apple Country® salad apple. This great, all-purpose apple was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva in 1898.

PROFILE:

Sweet, with a hint of tartness
Juicy
Tender, snow-white flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating, salads, sauces, pies and baking
Good for freezing

AVAILABILITY:

September




Crispin

Sweet, tangy and juicy

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Bite into a Crispin for a great crunch and mouthful of sweet juice. The original name for this exceptional apple was Mutsu, reflecting its Japanese heritage. It was renamed Crispin in the late ‘60s and has been gaining fans ever since.

PROFILE:

Sweet, yet very refreshing
Very juicy
Extra crisp

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating, sauces, baking and freezing
Good for salads and pies

SPECIAL HINT:

Try Crispins for roasting whole apples or thick slices. They’re a wonderful accompaniment for your favorite roast.

AVAILABILITY:

September & October

Empire

Sweet yet tart, and juicy

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With the popular Red Delicious and McIntosh for parents, Empire was destined to be a hit when it was developed at Cornell University in the ‘40s. It’s a sweet-tart combination that’s very versatile.

PROFILE:

Wonderful blend of sweet and tart
Juicy
Very crisp, creamy white flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating and salads
Good for sauces, baking, pies and freezing

SPECIAL HINT:

Small Empires are great for school lunches. Kids enjoy the sweet-tart taste and super crunchy texture.

AVAILABILITY:

Late September

Fortune

Crisp, with a spicy flavor

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A spritely apple with a slightly spicy flavor. It’s a cross between a Red Spy and Empire apple, and was created at Cornell University.

PROFILE:

Crisp, with a spicy flavor

BEST USES:

Excellent for pies and sauces
Good for fresh eating

SPECIAL HINT:

Combine Fortune apples with a sweet apple, such as Golden Delicious, for tasty and well-balanced applesauce.

AVAILABILITY:

Late October

Fuji

Very sweet and juicy

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Fuji apples have it all – they’re super sweet, wildly juicy, extremely crisp, and ideal for snacking. This Japanese apple has American parents, Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, an antique apple that goes back to the days of Thomas Jefferson and 1793.

PROFILE:

Very sweet
Extremely juicy
Crisp, cream colored flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating and salads
Good for sauces

SPECIAL HINT:

Fuji applesauce needs little or no sugar.

AVAILABILITY:

October




Gala

Sweet, juicy and crisp

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A great choice for snacking, Gala is a variety developed in New Zealand. It’s got the mild flavor that “picky eaters” prefer, plus a striking bright yellow-red color that also makes it visually appealing.

PROFILE:

Mild sweet flavor
Juicy
Crisp, creamy yellow flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating and salads

SPECIAL HINT:

Galas’ size, mellow flavor and thin skin make them a perfect choice for lunches and snacks for kids.

AVAILABILITY:

September

Ginger Gold

Sweet and mildly tart

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If you really want a fresh-picked apple in late summer, the early ripening Ginger Gold will satisfy your desire for a great snacking apple. Check them out early in the harvest season when this special new variety is readily available!

PROFILE:

Sweet with mildly tart overtones
Fine textured, crisp cream-colored flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating and salads

SPECIAL HINT:

Ginger Gold is very slow to turn brown, so it’s an excellent choice for any fresh-cut apple use.

AVAILABILITY:

August through November

Golden Delicious

Mild, sweet and juicy

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Ever hear that Golden Delicious is the yellow cousin of the popular Red Delicious apple? Actually, they are related in name only, but this honey sweet apple is a special treat all on its own.

PROFILE:

Mild, sweet flavor
Juicy
Crisp, light yellow flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating, salads, and sauces
Good for pies, baking, and freezing

SPECIAL HINT:

You can put less sugar in pies and sauces made from Golden Delicious apples, because of the natural sweetness these apples provide.

AVAILABILITY:

September

Honeycrisp

Sweet, tart and crisp

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Sometimes the name of an apple says it all. Honeycrisp apples are honey sweet (with a touch of tart) and amazingly crisp. Kids love the taste, and it’s easy to see why this recent variety has continued to grow in popularity since its 1991 introduction in Minnesota. More Honeycrisp trees are being planted every year in New York to increase the annual harvest.

PROFILE:

Complex, sweet-tart flavor
Juicy
Super-crisp yellow flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating and salads
Good for sauces, baking, and pies

SPECIAL HINT:

These ultra-crisp apples appeal to children and teens. They’re a great way to encourage healthy snacking.

AVAILABILITY:

September




Idared

Juicy, tart and firm

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If you love the old-fashioned goodness of baked apples, Idareds are excellent, as they hold their shape perfectly and look beautiful on the table. Developed in Idaho, it’s a cross between two old-time New York apples, Jonathan and Wagener, that were first grown in Penn Yan in 1791.

PROFILE:

Sweetly tart
Juicy
Firm, pale, yellow-green flesh, sometimes tinted rosy pink

BEST USES:

Excellent for sauces, cooking, baking and pies
Good for eating, salads and freezing

SPECIAL HINT:

Idareds make a beautifully colored applesauce. Cook the apples with the skins on and strain the sauce to get the best pink color.

AVAILABILITY:

October

Jersey Mac

Sweet, tart and juicy

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The Jersey Mac apple is crisp, juicy and sweet/tart. It is good for fresh eating, pies and applesauce.

PROFILE:

Sweet
Tart
Juicy

BEST USES:

Good for fresh eating
Good for pies and applesauce

SPECIAL HINT:

Tender flesh cooks quickly, so add a thickener if making a pie.

AVAILABILITY:

August

Jonagold

Honey sweet and juicy

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Jonagold is another success story from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. It’s a cross between mellow Golden Delicious and tart Jonathan apples, and creates a great aroma when baked in apple pies.

PROFILE:

Honey sweet, with a hint of tartness
Juicy
Crisp, creamy yellow flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating, salads, sauces, and baking
Good for pies and freezing

SPECIAL HINT:

Jonagolds also make great fried apples. Simply sauté in a little butter and add a touch of cinnamon. No sugar needed.

AVAILABILITY:

October

Jonamac

Firm and sweet

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A cross between Jonathan and McIntosh apples, Jonamac is closer to a McIntosh in terms of flavor, just a bit sweeter. Many people love the touch-of-honey taste of a Jonamac, a great eating apple.

PROFILE:

Firm flesh, crisp
Sweet/tart flavor
Cinnamon and nutmeg undertones

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating

SPECIAL HINT:

If you are an apple connoisseur and appreciate McIntosh, Jonamac is looking for more complexity and less tartness, or you like Jonathan but want a softer and sweeter experience, try Jonamac.

AVAILABILITY:

September




Macoun

Extra sweet and tender

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Looking for a perfect, no-fat dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth? Macoun is the answer, but make sure you get yours at the right time, as these special apples are only available in the fall. Macoun was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva in 1932, and is named for a famous Canadian fruit breeder.

PROFILE:

Extra-sweet and aromatic
Very juicy
Tender, snow-white flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating
Good for sauces and salads

SPECIAL HINT:

Try serving Macoun slices with cheese for a sophisticated dessert in the autumn.

AVAILABILITY:

October

McIntosh

Sweet and tangy

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Nothing evokes fall better than the aromatic fragrance of McIntosh apples. This variety has been enjoyed since 1811 when John McIntosh discovered the first seedling. McIntosh apples grow particularly well in New York’s cool climate.

PROFILE:

Sweet, with a tart tang
Very juicy
Tender, white flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating and sauces
Good for salads and pies

SPECIAL HINT:

McIntosh’s tender flesh cooks down quickly. Add a thickener if making a pie.

AVAILABILITY:

September

Paula Red

Tart, juicy and crisp

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If you like tart apples, take a healthy bite of a Paula Red. It’s one of our earliest varieties to be harvested, and the first taste of fall for many apple lovers. Pick or shop early, because Paula Reds are only available from late August into October.

PROFILE:

Tart
Juicy
Crisp white flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating
Good for applesauce

SPECIAL HINT:

Paula Red applesauce needs little or no sugar.

AVAILABILITY:

October

Red Delicious

Sweet, juicy and crisp

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These popular mildly sweet apples are grown across the country, but only our Red Delicious have the slight tartness so characteristic of apples from New York. If you haven’t tried an Apple Country® Delicious, you haven’t tried what we consider the best Delicious.

PROFILE:

Sweet
Juicy
Crisp, yellow flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating and salads

SPECIAL HINT:

Red Delicious apples look great for a long time, so they are an ideal choice for holiday centerpieces and wreaths.

AVAILABILITY:

September & October




Rome

Mildly tart and firm

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Great-looking fried apple slices, sitting next to a pork chop, are probably Romes. These superb apples retain their shape and tart flavor beautifully when cooked. This old-time variety originated in Ohio in 1816 but is widely grown in New York State.

PROFILE:

Mildly tart
Firm, greenish white flesh

BEST USES:

Excellent for sauces, baking and pies
Good for salads and freezing

SPECIAL HINT:

Combine Romes with a sweet apple, such as Golden Delicious, for a nicely tart’n’ tasty blended applesauce.

AVAILABILITY:

September & Late October

Zestar!®

Crisp and juicy

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An early season apple that’s juicy, with a light and crisp texture. Developed at the University of Minnesota, Zestar! trees are especially hardy and handle cold weather beautifully. Like the name says, there’s zesty flavor and crunch when you bite into one.

PROFILE:

Crisp and juicy
Sprightly, sweet/tart taste with a hint of brown sugar

BEST USES:

Excellent for eating

SPECIAL HINT:

Zestar! apples maintain their great taste and crunch for two months in refrigeration, so you can keep that zesty crunch after hours in a lunchbox, days in a fruit bowl, or even weeks in the refrigerator.

AVAILABILITY:

Late August through October