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Apple Varieties


We're proud to offer over 25 varieties of apples here at the Orchard.  Here are some of the popular ones:


Black Twig: Fruit large to medium with green to yellow skin, flushed red. Flesh yellow, very firm. The ultimate in a tart apple. Tannic juice adds kick to sweet or hard cider.


Cameo: Fruit is medium to large size with a crisp, creamy white flesh and a tangy flavor that seems to get better in storage. Keeps very well.

Empire: Dark red with heavy, waxy bloom. Creamy white juicy, moderately subacid flesh. High dessert quality also good for cider.


Fuji: Tall, rectangular, medium size fruit. Yellowish green skin with an orangish red flush and darker stripes. Darker blush on sun side. Crisp, juicy slightly subacid white flesh with outstanding texture. May require up to 200 days to mature. Good keeper.


Gala: Excellent for fresh eating. A very pretty, medium size, conical to round fruit with yellow skin patterned with bright orange-red. Firm, juicy, fine textured, yellow white flesh. Sweet slightly tart flavor. Hangs well on tree.


Ginger Gold: Can be picked green but will turn an attractive yellow with a blush if allowed to hang on the tree. Uniform fruit size. Keeps up to 6 months in storage.


Golden Delicious: Large, conic, golden yellow fruit. Firm, crisp, juicy, flavorful flesh. Mild, sweet distinctive flavor. High quality all purpose. Shrivels in storage. Requires gentle picking, and bruises easily.


Granny Smith:  Firm, green skin, with slight pink blush if cool nights precede harvest. Firm, crisp, medium grain with bright white flesh that resists browning when sliced. Strong tartness, resembling that of a lemon. Excellent for eating, in baked pies, and is a great cider apple.


Grimes Golden: Multiple uses.....superior eating apple, great cider, keeps well. Medium to large, yellow fruit. Flesh is crisp, fine-grained, and juicy, yellow flesh. Rich, distinctive, aromatic spice flavor.


Henley Gold: Multiple uses, superior eating apple, great cider, keeps well. Medium to large clear yellow fruit. Flesh is crisp, fine-grained, and juicy yellow flesh. Rich, distinctive, aromatic spice flavor.


Honey Crisp: Hardy substitute for Golden Delicious developed especially for cold northern areas. Golden Delicious flavor, Haralson hardiness. Medium to large golden to greenish fruit with very smooth finish and reddish bronze blush. Flavor is sweeter and more bland than Golden Delicious. High quality. Superior storage qualities.


JonaGold: Large fruit striped red over bright yellow. Firm, crackling, juicy, slightly tart, flesh. Superb, rich, full flavor. Finest dessert and eating quality. Good cooking properties. Will store in common refrigerator for 3 months.


Jonathan: Good eating and keeping apple. Medium-sized attractive fruit, striped red with high colour in spots. Flesh juicy and crisp. flavor refreshing and subacid.


June Transparent:  First apple of the season. Green, tart, and breaks down well, making a smooth applesauce.


Lodi: An attractive yellow early-season apple with a sharp flavor, best used for cooking.


MacIntosh: Fruit beautiful deep red color, size variable. Flesh white, firm, tender, very juicy, flavor characteristically aromatic, perfumed, subacid.


Mutzu: Good eating apple, first class cider and sauce. Green fruit ripens yellow.


Northern Spy: Large, round, often flattened greenish-yellow fruit flushed and striped pinkish red with a delicate bloom, and occasionally russet patches. Fine grained, rather firm, very tender, crisp, juicy, yellowish flesh. Tart, aromatic, subacid flavor. Excellent all purpose apple except not good for drying. Remarkably fresh after long storage.


Prima: Medium to large fruit with dark red blush over yellow. Juicy white flesh with mild subacid flavor.


Red Delicious: Most purchased apple variety in the United States. Deep red skin covers a sweeter flavored apple.


Rome: Very round fruit, medium to very large, with handsomely striped to almost solid red, thick skin. A favorite for baking and drying, and outstanding as a baked apple. Inferior for eating due to dryish flesh and very mild, unremarkable flavor. A good keeper on and off the tree. Once a major commercial variety, now losing market share.


Smokehouse: Large, flattish shape, yellow flushed and striped red. Flesh crisp, yellowish, moderately fine-grained. Fresh cider flavor. Very good quality cooking, eating, and baking apple. Keeps well through March.


Summer Rambo: Attractive, large, brightly striped, red fruit. Breaking, crisp, exceptionally juicy flesh. Subacid, aromatic flavor.


Virginia Gold: Bright yellow fruit with pink blush. Crisp juicy flesh with flavors similar to Newtown Pippin. Should be stored to reach peak flavor.


Winesap: Medium sized, round, dark red fruit with crisp, juicy yellow flesh with a spicy, vinous flavor and aroma.


York: Good cooking/baking apple and excellent keeper.