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Michigan Apples: Great Lakes, Great FlavorsMichigan Honey CrispThis common phrase implies that all apples are created the same. But in reality, this is not the case. In fact some apples that bake beautifully in pies, such as Ida Red and Northern Spy, are not well suited for sauces. This also holds true for apples such as Gala and Golden Delicious which are great for sauces but don't hold up well in pie making. Then there are varietals such as Jonathan and Jonagold that work well for baking and sauce making. Whichever apple you are looking for, they all do have a common trait, they are all delicious!

Apple Variety Approximate Availability Taste and Texture Uses
Baking Eating Cooking
Paula Red Aug. 20 - Sept. 5 Sweet and Soft    
Jonamac Sept. 1 - Sept. 10 Spicy and Firm      
McIntosh Sept. 10 - Sept. 20 Spicy and Soft    
Cortland Sept. 20 - Oct. 5 Sweet and Crispy      
Empire Sept. 20 - Oct. 5 Sweet and Crispy      
Gala Sept. 20 - Oct. 5 Sweet and Firm      
Jonagold Sept. 20 - Oct. 5 Sweet and Firm      
Jonathan Sept. 20 - Oct. 5 Tangy and Crispy      
Red Delicious Sept. 5 - Oct. 5 Sweet and Crispy  
Golden Delicious Sept. 25 - Oct. 10 Sweet and Crispy    
Ida Red Sept. 25 - Oct. 10 Mildly Tart and Crispy      
Honey Crisp Oct. 5 - Oct. 10 Sweet and Extra Crispy    
Mutsu Oct. 5 - Oct. 10 Sweet and Firm      
Northern Spy Oct. 5 - Oct. 10 Tart and Firm    

Paula Red ApplesPaula Red apples are a natural mutation of McIntosh apples with a slightly more red skin with less yellow and tan spots.  The white flesh has a bright flavor, not too sweet or too tart.

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Jonamac Apple VarietyAs the name implies, Jonamac apples are a cross between the Jonathan and McIntosh varieites.  Jonamacs have a dark red skin that hides a spicy aromatic pale yellow flesh.

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McIntosh applesMcIntosh apples are best known for the pink apple sauce unpeeled "Mac's" make.  McIntosh's tart flavor and tender white flesh make them equally suited for use in apple cider and apple pies.

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Cameo ApplesCameo apples were created by accident in Dryden, WA in 1987.  Since their creation was an accident, it is unclear what parentage varities are unknown for certain.

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Cortland ApplesNamed for Cortland county New York, the Cortland apple variety is a cross between the McIntosh and Ben Davis varieties. 

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Empire ApplesEmpire apples are a cross between the McIntosh and Red Delicious varieties but it took a group of scientists 21 years to finally create the Empire apple we know today. 

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Gala ApplesGala apples have been around since the 1930's and originated as a cross between the Golden Delicious and Kidd's Orange Red varieties. 

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Fuji ApplesFuji apples were created in Japan and are a cross between the Red Delicious and the Virginia Ralls Ganet, two American apple varieties. 

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Jonagold AppleJonagold apples are a cross between the Golden Delicious and Jonathan varieties.  Jonagold's are large apples with a thin skin that is mostly green-yellow with patches of crimson but can also turn out fully red or green.

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Jonathan applesJonathan apples are medium sized apples with a tough but smooth skin, a noticeable sweetness and acidity.  Jonathan's are juicy and crisp and suited for any application.

Red Delicious ApplesRed Delicious apples is recognized as first appearing in Iowa in the 1880's.  This apples has a thick, bitter skin that requires a bit of chewing

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Godlen Delicious ApplesDespite what you may think, Golden Delicious apples are not related to the Red Delicious.  Golden Delicious apples are large, yellow apples that are very sweet. 

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Ida Red ApplesIda Red apples are a cross between the Jonathan and Wagener varieties.  Ida Red's have a firm skin with white flesh that is tart and juicy. 

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Honey Crisp applesHoney Crisp apples are one of the most popular apple varieties, especially for commercial use.  The Honey Crisp is a wonderful balance of crispness, sweetness, and tart to make it ideal for eating raw.

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Mutsu Apple VarietyMutsu apples (also known as Crispin) are a cross between the Golden Delicious and Indo varieties first grown in Japan.

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Northern Spy AppleNorthern Spy apples are native to the north east coast of the US as well as parts of Michigan and Ontario.  Northern Spy apples have a predominately green skin with a little red striping. 

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