Apple Variety Harvest Schedule
Best time to pick is highlighted in green.
PAULA RED: McIntosh type, deeply red, strawberry flavor. Good for eating or cooking. Soft like a McIntosh, does not store as well. A good early fall apple. Available Labor Day weekend.
MCINTOSH: The one and only! Developed by John McIntosh in Canada by crossing a Femeuse and a Detroit Red. Spritely sweet and tangy, juicy and crisp. Stores well til Thanksgiving. Will cook down to soft consistency in pies, best for apple sauce and eating out of hand. A big favorite. Available early to mid September.
CORTLAND: This beauty was developed in New York in 1898 by crossing a Mac and a Ben Davis. A deep red/black skin with crisp white flesh that won't turn yellow when sliced. Mildly tart and juicy. Best for salads, also fabulous in sauce, pies and eating. Available mid September.
HONEYCRISP: An explosively crisp large apple with reddish/yellow skin. Yellow flesh is sweet and juicy. When observed under a microscope, the cells of the flesh do not break when the apple is sliced, hence the crisp texture that stays crisp into the next year when stored properly. An amazing apple! Available in early to mid September.
EMPIRE: This is a cross between a McIntosh and a Red Delicious, first developed in New York in 1966. It possesses the best qualities of both varieties. White flesh, crisp crunch, great flavor, red skin. The best storing apple you can get. Excellent for eating, baking, still crisp during winter. Available mid to late September.
MACOUN: A cross between a McIntosh and a Jersey Black, this apple is a favorite of apple lovers. A great dessert apple, best within a month of harvest. Good for pies and sauce, More crisp than a Mac. Available mid to late September.
JONAGOLD: A cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious, this apple is a favorite in Europe and Japan. Large, red/yellow skin, white flesh, extremely juicey and crisp. A real dessert apple. Has a custard consistency when baked, a real plus. Best used before winter. Available late September.
RED DELICIOUS: A very crisp, juicy apple best for eating out of hand. Stores very well into winter. Available late September.
MUTSU: Also called "Crispin." A cross between a Golden Delicious and an Indo. A very large yellow/greenish apple with an orange blush. Very crisp, spicy flavor. Best for eating and sauce. Available early October.
GALA: One of the most widely-grown apple varieties, with a sweet pleasant flavor, and good keeping qualities. Available early to mid September.
FUJI: Developed in Japan, but an all-American cross of Red Delicious and Ralls Janet. A very attractive modern apple, crisp, sweet-flavored, and keeps well. Available mid to late September.
GOLDEN DELICIOUS: Undoubtedly one of the most important apple varieties of the 20th century, both as a commercial variety in its own right, and as breeding stock for many other varieties. Very good flavor when home-grown. Available mid to late September.