Know Your Fruit

Apples

How To Pick Apples: Apples of the same variety, even on the same tree, often vary in ripeness and firmness.   Generally, outside fruit ripens first, inside later.   Larger fruit ripens sooner than smaller fruit. Flesh color turning to yellow indicates sweetness and a less acidic flavor. Check below in the "Know Your Apples" section to determine how each variety should look and taste at its ripest.

Early-September

Honeycrisp

Crisp, white flesh. Sweet, juicy, eating.

McIntosh

Blushed-red to deep red; tart and aromatic. Good for eating & making sauce.

Mid-September to Mid-October

Cameo

Crisp white flesh – tangy flavor – keeps well.

Cortland

Crisp white flesh – best for salads, eating.

Crispin

Yellow to green; very large in size.  Sweet & juicy, but mild.  Good for eating, making sauce, & salads.

Empire

Deep red w/ firm, yellowish flesh.  Sweet with a flavor all its own.  Good for fresh eating, making sauce, & salads.

Golden Delicious

Yellow to greenish yellow.  Sweet and juicy.  Good for baking, eating, & salads.

Idared

Red cheeked w/ yellow spots.  Firm & juicy; tart.  Good for eating, baking, & making sauce.

Jonathan

Bright to dark red.  Flavorful, slightly tart.  Good for eating, baking, & salads.

McCoun

Dark red to blushed-red.  Very crisp; juicy, slightly tart.  Good for eating & desserts.

Red Delicious

Bright red and juicy. Sweet, but mild. Good for eating & salads.

Spartan

Dessert Apple – white flesh – sweet and crisp.

Mid-October to Closing

Arkansas Black

Deep red. Very hard, crispy flesh w/ mild flavor. Good for eating & salads; stores well.

Braeburn

Red w/ some yellow coloring. Firm w/ mild flavor. Good for eating & baking; stores well.

Fuji

Pinkish red w/ yellow flesh. Crisp, sweet, & juicy. Mild flavor. Good for eating, making sauce, & salads.

Granny Smith

Firm with strong tartness resembling that of a lemon. Bright white flesh that resists browning when sliced

Red Rome

Red. Crispy, mild flavor. Good for baking & eating.

Stayman Winesap

Red with thin yellowish striping/banding. Crisp, juicy, winey. All purpose; stores well.

Yellow Newtown Pippen

Yellow w/ very hard flesh. Quite sweet. Good for eating & baking; stores well.

Peaches

July

Glengold

Sentry

August

Cresthaven

Fantasia

Flavortop

Glohaven

Jerseyqueen

Lady Nancy

Loring

Raritan Rose

Redhaven

Sugar Giant

Summer Beauty

Sunglo

September

Encore