Apples to Apples
This 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!
Apples At a Glance
|Apple Variety||Availability||Taste and Texture||Uses|
|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 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.
McIntosh 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.
Cameo 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.
Named for Cortland county New York, the Cortland apple variety is a cross between the McIntosh and Ben Davis varieties.
Empire 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.
Gala apples have been around since the 1930's and originated as a cross between the Golden Delicious and Kidd's Orange Red varieties.
Fuji apples were created in Japan and are a cross between the Red Delicious and the Virginia Ralls Ganet, two American apple varieties.
Jonagold 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.
Jonathan 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 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
Despite 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.
Ida 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.
Honey 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.
Mutsu apples (also known as Crispin) are a cross between the Golden Delicious and Indo varieties first grown in Japan.
Northern 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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