About the Apples

Variety Approximate Harvest date Early Season Flavor Late Season Flavor Early Season Texture (assuming appropriate storage in refrigerator) Late Season Texture (assuming appropriate storage in refrigerator) Comments (Most apples can be used for eating and for pies. This is for guidance only!)
Pristine August-01 Tart Sweet Firm Stores Well Will brown readily when cut
Paulared August-20 Tart Sweet Firm Firm. Stores well Good for early tart pies.
Gravenstein August-20 Slightly Tart Sweet Firm and juicy Somewhat firm. Stores moderately well Juicy and versatile
Ginger Gold August-20 Sweet Sweet Very Firm Stores Well Eating, but experiment for yourself!
Gala September-01 Sweet Sweet Very Firm Somewhat firm. Stores well Often used for salads/desserts
McIntosh September-01 Slightly Tart Sweet Firm Somewhat firm. Stores moderately well When fully ripe, unsurpassed flavor Bruises easily so handle gently
Liberty September-10 Tart Slightly Sweet Firm Firm. Stores moderately well Very tart and crispy eating
Cortland September-14 Tart Slightly Sweet Very Firm Somewhat firm. Stores well Flesh does not brown. Great for salads. Common tart pie apple
Honey Crisp September-15 Sweet Very Sweet Firm and juicy Firm. Stores well Excellent crispy sweet eating apple
Spartan September-15 Slightly Tart Sweet Firm Firm. Stores moderately well Similar to Macintosh
Macoun September-20 Tart Start Sweet finish Sweet Crispy and firm (Some call it “the potato chip apple”) Soft. Does not store well Excellent crispy tart/sweet eating apple.
Jonagold September-25 Mild tart Sweet Firm and juicy Somewhat firm. Stores moderately well Juicy and uniquely flavored
Golden Delicious October-01 Slightly tart Sweet Firm Firm. Stores well Commonly used for sweeter tasting pies
Red Delicious October-01 Sweet Sweet Firm Firm. Stores well Excellent eating apple when picked fresh.
Northern Spy October-01 Slightly Tart Sweet Firm Somewhat firm. Stores well Mild tart apple for eating and pies. Bruises easily so handle gently. Old time favorite for pies and winter storage.
Idared October-01 Tart Slightly tart Very Firm Firm. Stores well Flavor improves in storage Great for holiday/winter baking.
Empire October-01 Slightly Tart Sweet Firm Firm. Stores moderately well Early season great eating. After storage, best for cooking only. Our family favorite for sauce.
Rome Beauty October-10 Tart Mild flavor Extremely firm Very hard. Stores very well. Good cooking apple to mix with other varieties.
Crispin (Mutsu) October-12 Mild Tart when color is green Mild sweet when turning yellow Very Firm Very Firm. Stores very well Excellent juicy eating and outstanding mild tart flavor for pies
Granny Smith October-20 Tart Mild tart Extremely firm Very Firm. Stores very well Very tart for eating and pies
Fuji October-20 Sweet Sweet Very Firm Very Firm. Stores very well Excellent crunchy sweet eating apple. We have made sweet Fuji applesauce! Cook longer with no sweetener needed.