Apple Varieties

  • Below are the most popular varieties of apples that Brookwood Fruit Farm produces in order of maturity. If there are other varieties that you wish to purchase or have any questions about a variety, please let us know at 810-798-8312 or brookwoodfruitfarm@gmail.com.

     

    August 

    Lodi - An improved variety over the old Yellow Transparent. A large yellow apple ready Mid-July. A good eating or pie apple for its timing.

     

    Viking - An early apple with aromatic, tart white flesh. Holds it flavor well when baked.

     

    Jersey Mac - A variety of the Macintosh family, ripens a full month earlier. Red, aromatic, firmed textured, and juicy.

     

    Tydeman's Red - Very simliar to a Macintosh but ripe a full month earlier. Large and juicy, exceptional for pies.

     

    Early September 

    Paula Red - Very good early season apple with a tart flavor and good aroma, good for fresh eating or in pies.

     

    Zestar! - "Crunch into Zestar!" Being hailed as the new Honeycrisp, Zestar! is sure to be the next big thing in apples! Has an excellent sweet-tart balance with a brown sugar overtone. Also good for cooking, but after one taste, you'll just want to eat them all fresh.

     

    Ginger Gold - A cross between a Golden Delicious and Albemarle Pippen. A larger sized yellow apple that many feel is the best early yellow apple of the season. Good for eating or cooking.

     

    Molly (Mollies) Delicious - From the Golden Delicious family. A crisp, firm late-summer apple best for pies or sauce.

     

    Gala - One of the top three most popular apple varieties in Michigan. Has a crisp bite with a mellow sweetness great for eating fresh or cooking. Tastes great, looks great, smells great.

     

    Prima - An early apple commonly compared to the Jonathan. Its rich flavor and crisp texture make it an excellent dessert apple.

     

    Mid September 

    Honeycrisp (Honeycrunch) - Extremely popular new variety. A crisp sweet flavor with an unusual color that is excellent for any use.

     

    McIntosh (Macintosh)- One of the most recognizable apple varieties. Juicy, white flesh, lightly tart, and excellent aroma. Good for salads, sauce, cider, pies, or fresh. Accounts for around 50% of Canada's production.

     

    Red Mac - An early variety from the Macintosh family. Similar in taste and quality to a Macintosh but more firm.

     

    Late September 

    Cortland - A large apple similar in flavor, but sweeter, to that of a Macintosh. It's large size and juicy sweet flavor makes it a popular September & October variety. One of the best varieties for salads because its flesh is very white and slow to brown.

     

    Wolf River - An heirloom variety that is large and extremely hard to find. Best for pies or apple sauce. Apples can usually grow large enough to bake an entire pie with only a single apple.

     

    Jonnee - An early variety of the Jonathan family. Tart and juicy, best for fresh eating, pies, or apple sauce.

     

    Jonathan - Very good traditional apple. Good for eating fresh and its juicy, spicy tang flavor blend well with other apples for cooking.

     

    Red Cort - An variety of the Cortland family. Earlier ripening than the traditional Cortland. Similar in taste and quality but typically a smaller apple than the traditional Cortland.

     

    Rhode Island Greening - One of the oldest varieties in our collection. A yellowish green apple that is large, firm, crisp, and juicy. Renowed for its pie quality, but also good for a baked apple.

     

    Shizuka - An early Mutsu variety. Hard and sweet, best for fresh eating.

     

    Snow - A small apple similar in flavor to that of a Cortland that many people remember eating as a child. It's small size has lead many growers to stop producing it, making the Snow apple one of the most hard to find varieties in Michigan. Better get this variety while is lasts!

     

    Empire - Its sweet and tart in the same bite flavor makes it excellent for eating fresh. Taste is similar to that of a Macintosh but with much more of a crunch. Also good for baking, slices, and is popular for caramel apples.

     

    SnowSweet - "Savor the Sweet" It's becoming an increasingly popular variety similar to that of Honeycrisp. It has a delightful sweet taste, with a slight tart balance and rich overtone. Also has a snow white flesh that is slow to oxidize and turn brown after cutting, making it a perfect choice for slices or salads.

     

    Golden Delicious (Yellow Delicious) - The most popular and well-known yellow variety. Sweet taste and thin skin makes good for fresh eating and salads, and is a professional's choice for sauce, cider, and pies.

     

    Early October

    Ida Red - Crisp apple that is tart, juicy and good for any use.

     

    Jonagold - Top apple variety in the world. Extremely crisp and juicy, and is sweet and tart in the same bite. A good smelling apple that usually is medium to large.

     

    Red Delicious - America's most popular and most recognizable variety. Classically red with five "bumps" along its bottom. Its crisp sweet flavor with a yellowish flesh is best for fresh eating.

     

    Spigold (Spy Gold) - Large variety that is a mix of golden yellow with bright red stripes. Crisp and mildly sweet that stores well and is excellent for pies and sauce.

     

    Northern Spy - "Spies are for Pies!" Regarded as the best variety for making pie. A late ripening, old variety that stores well and has a tart flavor that cooks excellently in pies and sauce.

     

    Mutsu (Crispen) - Also known as Crispin in the western US and is generally regarded as an improved Golden Delicious. A medium sized yellow to green apple that is excellent for any use.

     

    Ace Red Delicious - A larger and much deeper red skinned member of the Red Delicious family with unusually white flesh.

     

    Mid October

    Turly Winesap - Oblate shaped with red/purple stripes over a green base. Excellent cooking apple with a tart flavor. Ripens in late October.

     

    Lawspur Rome - A large round apple with a mild, sweet flavor. Good for a baked apple because it holds it shape and flavor well.

     

    CrimsonCrisp - A mid-season, medium sized with a very attractive crimson red coloring. Has a very firm, crisp texture with a tart, complex flavor.

     

    Nova Spy - Wonderful, vanilla-like flavor. A large sized apple that is great for fresh-eating, pies, or cider. Many people are now hailing it as the best Spy variety.

     

    Fuji - Terrific apple that is sweet, crisp, flavorful, and stores incredibly well; making it the number one apple in Japan and accounting for 80% of China's entire apple production.

     

    Late October

    Braeburn - Crisp and sweet with good flavor. Excellent for apple sauce. One of the latest apples of the year.

     

    Granny Smith - Generally is the last ripening variety in most orchards. Very green, very crisp, very tart, and a very good keeper.

     

     

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    Apple Variety Chart

    Variety

    Flavor/Texture

    Eating

    Pie

    Sauce

    Cortland

    Sweet, Juicy

    Good

    Good

    Good

    Empire

    Juicy, Crisp

    Excellent

    Fair

    Good

    Fuji

    Sweet, Crisp

    Good

    Good

    Good

    Gala

    Sweet, Crisp

    Good

    Good

    Excellent

    Golden Delicious

    Sweet, Tender

    Good

    Good

    Excellent

    Granny Smith

    Tart, Firm

    Good

    Good

    Fair

    Honey Crisp

    Sweet, Crisp

    Excellent

    Excellent

    Excellent

    Ida Red

    Sweet, Juicy

    Good

    Excellent

    Good

    Jonagold

    Sweet, Crisp

    Excellent

    Good

    Good

    Jonathan

    Sweet, Crisp

    Excellent

    Excellent

    Good

    Macintosh

    Tart, Juicy

    Good

    Fair

    Good

    Mutsu

    Tart, Juicy

    Excellent

    Excellent

    Excellent

    Northern Spy

    Tart, Firm

    Good

    Excellent

    Good

    Paula Red

    Sweet, Firm

    Good

    Fair

    Good

    Red Delicious

    Sweet, Crisp

    Good

    Poor

    Poor

    Rome

    Tart, Juicy

    Good

    Fair

    Good

    Spy Gold

    Sweet, Crisp

    Good

    Excellent

    Excellent



  • "Why do we need so many kinds of apples? Because there are so many folks. A person has a right to gratify his legitimate tastes. If he wants twenty or forty kinds of apples for his personal use, running from Early Harvest to Roxbury Russet, he should be accorded the privilege. Some place should be provided where he may obtain trees or scions. There is merit in variety itself. It provides more points of contact with life, and leads away from uniformity and monotony."


     -Liberty Hyde Bailey

    from The Apple Tree (1922)