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These Apple Varieties Stay White and Don't Brown When Sliced!

These Apple Varieties Stay White and Don't Brown When Sliced!

When an apple is cut, the flesh inside is first exposed to oxygen, which caused chemical changes that make the flesh start to brown.  See this page for more about the scientific reasons why apples brown when slices. If you would like to choose a variety of apple that resists this browning, there is good news; there are a variety available.

Apple varieties that naturally resist browning, in alphabetical order

Name

Typical Ripening Date
Dates are approximate and vary CONSIDERABLY
with weather, location and more!

Eating fresh

Cooking

Apple Sauce

Apple Pie

Apple Juice

Apple
Butter

Notes

ambrosia appleAmbrosia 

mid to late
September

X

X

good

X

X

X

 Should Refrigerate 

grannysmith_appleGala apple
Arctic Apple
mid to late
September
X           This is a genetically modified apple (it was modified to remove the phenols). There are plenty of other non-browning apples that are non-GM/GE)

Cameo

early to
mid October 

Very
good

X

Very
good

X

X

cortland_appleCortland

mid to late
September

X

X

X

X

X

cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis apples

Empire

mid-August through September

X

X  

X  

X  

   

A McIntosh type apple (cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious) with a long shelf life.  Aromatic and crisp with creamy white juicy flesh, sweet and tart

Gala appleGala

mid August to
early September

Very
good

 

BEST

 

X

X

Extra-sweet, soft and juicy flesh. Must refrigerate; even then only keeps for a few weeks

Ginger Gold appleGinger Gold  

August

Very
good

X

Very
good

X

X

very crisp, sweet and tart.

golden_delicious_appleGoldrush

mid to late
September

X

X

Very
good

X

X

X

 Tart, strong aroma flavor, should Refrigerate 

grannysmith_appleOpal

mid to late
October

X

X

X

ShizukaShizuka

Late September to
early October

X

X

X

X

X

X

Snowsweet appleSnowsweet  Late September, 2 weeks after HoneyCrisp 

X

 

X

X

X

X

Good


Note about Arctic Apples:
Harvard University says: "some anti-GMO groups continue to protest the approval of Arctic apples, arguing that unforeseen consequences of the genetic alteration could impact safety. It's true that it's impossible to predict and disprove every possible consequence of a genetic change. But a recent review by the National Academies of Science that covers decades of published research found no convincing evidence that GE crops have negatively impacted human health or the environment. " 
Please spare me the hate mail: if you don't like it, just don't buy it. I don't intend to buy it either, there are plenty of non-GM apples and they're cheaper. That's how freedom works and I have zero tolerance for bullies.  But this is a fact-based list about apples that don't brown when sliced. If you want a debate, go read this blog&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fsitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2018/arctic-apples-fresh-new-take-genetic-engineering/"> golden_delicious_applegrannysmith_appleGala apple
Arctic Apple
mid to late
September X           This is a genetically modified apple (it was modified to remove the phenols). There are plenty of other non-browning apples that are non-GM/GE)

Cameo

early to
mid October 

Very
good

X

Very
good

X

X

cortland_appleCortland

mid to late
September

X

X

X

X

X

cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis apples

Empire mid-August through September

X

X  

X  

X  

   

A McIntosh type apple (cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious) with a long shelf life.  Aromatic and crisp with creamy white juicy flesh, sweet and tart

Gala appleGala

mid August to
early September

Very
good

 

BEST

 

X

X

Extra-sweet, soft and juicy flesh. Must refrigerate; even then only keeps for a few weeks

Ginger Gold appleGinger Gold  

August

Very
good

X

Very
good

X

X

very crisp, sweet and tart.

golden_delicious_appleGoldrush

mid to late
September

X

X

Very
good

X

X

X

 Tart, strong aroma flavor, should Refrigerate 

grannysmith_appleOpal

mid to late
October

X

X

X

ShizukaShizuka

Late September to
early October

X

X

X

X

X

X

Snowsweet appleSnowsweet  Late September, 2 weeks after HoneyCrisp 

X

 

X

X

X

X

Good


Note about Arctic Apples:
Harvard University says: "some anti-GMO groups continue to protest the approval of Arctic apples, arguing that unforeseen consequences of the genetic alteration could impact safety. It's true that it's impossible to predict and disprove every possible consequence of a genetic change. But a recent review by the National Academies of Science that covers decades of published research found no convincing evidence that GE crops have negatively impacted human health or the environment. " 
Please spare me the hate mail: if you don't like it, just don't buy it. I don't intend to buy it either, there are plenty of non-GM apples and they're cheaper. That's how freedom works and I have zero tolerance for bullies.  But this is a fact-based list about apples that don't brown when sliced. If you want a debate, go read this blog and debate someone else.