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Are you trying to choose the right variety of apple for your needs? There are many to choose from. There are heirloom varieties that have been around for hundreds of years and apple growers are constantly creating new varieties to meet consumer tastes and 2020 is no exception. Scroll down this page for a table of dozens of apple varieties includingphotos and their characteristics and best uses. This page has tips about harvesting and storing apples. And if you bring home some apples and want to make applesauce, apple butter, apple juice, apple pie, apple cobbler, apple crisp, even apple cider, just click the links for each to follow directions and recipes or see this page see this page for a master list of simple, reliable, illustrated canning, freezing or preserving directions. There are plenty of other related resources, such as this list of local regional and apple festivals - click on the resources dropdown above.

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What's in season in November 2020, and other timely information:

Notes for November 2020: Crop growth is slowing down, except for Christmas tree farms and if you live in southern California, southern Texas, Florida or along the Gulf coast where citrus are ripe, and believe it or not, the blueberry and strawberry season in those areas is about to begin. See your state harvest calendar . This year, much of the country is still seeing mild weather, so lettuce, peas, broccoli, cabbage  and other greens are thriving.  And this is a good time to get a canner and  learn how to preserve foods for the winter, like canning some applesauce, apple butter or jam, which make great gifts. As do your own homemade specialty liqueurs! How about homemade cranberry sauce or a pumpkin pie made from a real pumpkin for the holidays? See our comprehensive list of easy home canning, jam and jelly making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. A fun winter activity is to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me!

Valentine's Day - February 14 - See this website for Valentines Day history, facts and Amazon's top picks for fast, easy, inexpensive gifts for the man, woman or children in your life!

Easter will be April 4, 2021 - if you want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt - see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!

 

Children's Consignment Sales occur in both the Spring and Fall  See our companion website to find a local community or church kid's consignment sale!

Apple Varieties Guide by Harvest Date - Which Apple to Pick and Why!

2020 looks to have apples ripening on their normal schedule. There have been few late frosts in the main apple growing regions, rain and temperatures have been good, so the year is shaping up well for a good apple crop. It's too early for prices, but I expect most areas to see $14 to $30 a bushel, depending on variety! Scroll down the page to see the chart, or click here for a PDF print version. And for an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!  To see how to properly store apples for the winter, see this page!

Varieties which are exceptional for a trait are noted in the chart below (Best, very good, etc.). Varieties which are at least good and well-suited have an "X" in a column.  A blank box simply means that they are average for the quality. Ultimately, it is personal preference and cultural traditions. that often determines which varieties of apples are used for which purpose. That said, sweeter and softer apples make the best applesauce (like Gala), harder, drier apples are often used for baking and storing (like Rome and Arkansas Black), and tarter, more crisp and juicier apples are often eaten fresh (like Honeycrisp).

 

Apple Varieties Guide by Harvest Date - Which Apple to Pick and Why!

If you would like to print a clean PDF version of this table, click here.

(Sorted by typical ripening date - see this page for sorted alphabetically on variety name)

Name Ripening Date
Dates are approximate and vary CONSIDERABLY with weather, location and more!
Eating fresh Cooking Apple Sauce Apple Pie Apple Juice Apple
Butter
Storage

Bevan;s FavoriteBevan's Favorite

early July   X          

Pristine applePristine

early July X X         Must Refrigerate  Very sweet, juicy, does not store well, bruises easily (like Gala)
William's Pride appleWilliam's Pride early July X X          
Lodi apple Lodi
(aka, Yellow Transparent)
early July, even June some years X    GOOD        Must Refrigerate
 
Zestar apple
Zestar 
mid-July to mid-August 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 Should Refrigerate 

Gala appleGala late July to early September Very
good
X BEST X X X Must refrigerate; even then only keeps for a few weeks
Ginger Gold apple Ginger Gold   early August to early September Very
good
X Very
good
X   X  
RedfreeRedfree Late July

X

X

         
Mollies_delicious appleMollies Delicious
August
  X           Must Refrigerate
Gravenstein appleGravenstein August

X

X

Very
good

X

X

X

 Should Refrigerate 

Grimes Golden appleGrimes Golden August X X       X  
Jersey Mac apple Jersey Mac August X  X          OK 
Earligold apple Earligold
August X  X   X   X        Must Refrigerate
http://www.andersonorchards.com/images/apples/akane_small.jpg Akane August    X           
summer banana appleSummer banana August X  X            
Pau;a Red applePaulaRed mid August to early September X X X X   X  
SweeTango appleSweeTango  mid August to early September X   X X   X  
Zestar appleZestar  mid August to early September X   X X X  

Empire

mid-August through September

X

X  

X  

X  

   

A McIntosh type apple with a long shelf life.  Aromatic and crisp with creamy white juicy flesh, sweet and tart

McIntosh appleMcIntosh

September X   good   X X  
Honeycrisp September Very
good
X  good, but watery X BEST X  
Virginia Gold appleVirginia Gold September

X

X  

         
Jonathon_appleJonathan mid to late September X X Very
good
X X X  
golden_delicious_appleGolden Delicious mid to late September X X Very
good
X X X  Should Refrigerate 
Ultra GoldUltra Gold mid to late September
X X X X X X  
cortland_appleCortland mid to late September
X   X X X X  
JonaliciousJonalicious mid to late September
X X Very
good
X X X  Must Refrigerate 
Jonamac appleJonamac mid to late September  X   Very
good
  X    
ambrosia appleAmbrosia  mid to late September X X good X X X  Should Refrigerate 
red_delicious_appleRed Delicious mid to late September
X   good     X  
Jonagold_appleJonagold mid to late September  X   Very
good
  X    
Snowsweet appleSnowsweet  Late September, 2 weeks after HoneyCrisp 

X

 

X

X

X

X

Good

Jubilee mid September to early October
X X X X      
Mutsu Crispin Mutsu, also called Crispin   Late September to early October
X X Very
good
X   X  
keepsake appleKeepsake Late September to early October
X X   X      
Northern Spy appleNorthern Spy Late September to early October X X         Very good for storing
Shizuka appleShizuka Late September to early October
X X X X X X  
Braeburn   early to Mid October  X X X X       
Cameo early to Mid October  Very
good
X Very
good
X    X  
Rome early to Mid October   X   X      
Sundance appleSundance early to Mid October X X     X X  
Blushing Golden early to Mid October X X   X X X  
stayman_apple Stayman   late September  Very
good
X Very
good
    X  
Enterprise appleEnterprise early to Mid October X X          
Jazz appleJazz  early to Mid October X X Very
good
X X X  
melrose_appleMelrose early to Mid October X X Very
good
X X X  

StaymanStayman Winesap

mid to late October

Very
good
X Very
good
  X    
grannysmith_appleGranny Smith mid to late October X X     X    
Macoun mid to late October X X          
Liberty appleLiberty mid to late October X X          
Pink Lady mid to late October X X good X X X  
Suncrisp mid to late October X X   X X X  
Evercrisp appleEvercrisp  mid October until frost (November)

Very
good

X

 Very
Good

X

BEST

X

 Excellent storage due to it's parents (Fuji and Honeycrisp) 
Yates appleYates mid to late October X X   X X   Stores very well
Autumn crispAutumn Crisp mid to late October X X   X X    
fuji_appleFuji mid to late October Very
good
X BEST X   X Great keeper; stores well in garage or basement
Black Twig apple Black Twig   mid to late October  X X X X X X  
Arkansas Black mid to late October   Baking too hard       Great keeper
 

Of course, each region of the country and each season varies. Variations in rainfall and temperature greatly affect the usual ripening date. So call ahead!

Click here for detailed descriptions of each apple variety with detailed characteristics 

Click here for a PDF print version of the following list. And for the following list on a page by itself, click here.


English Apple Varieties

These links take you to photos on GardenAction.co.uk

 

More about apple varieties can be found:

University of Illinois Apple page

Apples-Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent

More Apple Varieties

Apple Photos
Over 100 photos of apple varieties

Apple photos and brief descriptions

Credits:

photos:
Jonamac, Macoun, PaulaRed: Courtesy of New York Apple Association, © New York Apple Association

And if you are looking for shipping containers for apples and other fruit, see this page.


Home Canning Kits

This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer, and the bible of canning, the Ball Blue Book. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids (and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!

Get canning lids on Amazon here, fast and inexpensive, and BPA-free     Mrs. Wages salsa canning mix

Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.

Need lids, rings and replacement jars?  Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes?  Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!


The Presto Pressure
canners are out
of stock, but Tfal's
are available!


Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book