Apple Varieties & Availability

Available: Early October
Chance seedling discovered in B.C. in the 1980s. It is a large bi-coloured apple with a bright pink blush over a creamy-yellow background. Ambrosia is crisp and juicy with a distinct aroma and a sweet low acid flavour. Excellent for eating fresh.

Available: Mid September
A McIntosh descendant, Cortland is a cross between the Ben Davis and McIntosh. Large globular shape with red-orange stripes. Mild, sweet taste and crisp texture. Excellent for salads and fruit plates; resists browning. Good for pies and sauces.

Available: Late September
Cross between the McIntosh and Red Delicious. Slightly tart; juicy, firm and crisp. Ideal for snacks; makes great applesauce.

Ginger Gold
Available: Early September
Ginger Gold apples have a pale yellow skin with slight russeting on the surface. They are variable in size, but tend toward conical in shape, sometimes with ribs and long stalks. They have a crisp, cream-colored flesh with a sweet, mildly tart taste. The sweet apple also has a sharp flavor that provides a slight spiciness. The flesh has a fine texture and does not brown right away when cut, making for a nicer appearance in fruit salads and as a fresh-cut snack.

Golden Delicious
Available: Early October
Introduced in 1916 and originated in West Virginia as a chance seedling. Firm and juicy. Slices keep their shape when baked in pies. Favourite choice for snacks and applesauce.

Golden Gala
Available: Early October
Aurora Golden Gala is a cross between the apples ‘Splendour’ and ‘Gala’. Aurora Golden Gala is a yellow dessert apple. It is harvested mid-season. The fruit are medium in size, very crisp, juicy, aromatic, sweet, and they store well.

Available: Mid September
Gravenstein apples have green to yellow undertones and are covered in dense red and orange striping. Its crisp flesh is creamy white and rich with juice. Highly aromatic the Gravenstein apple offers a classic sweet-tart apple flavor with nuances of honey.

Honey Crisp
Available: Mid September
Cross between the Macoun and Honeygold. Large sized fruit with distinctive crisp texture, aromatic, juicy and a slightly acidic, sweet taste. Flesh is cream coloured. Best eaten fresh.

Available: Mid October
Cross between the Jonathan and Wagener. Medium to large with round to flat round shape. Tart; keeps its flavour when oven baked. Ideal for eating fresh or oven baking.

Jersey Mac
Available: Mid August
Jersey Mac Apples are medium to large-sized apples. The apples are very round, and have red skin with yellow patches. The greenish-white flesh inside is firm, fragrant and fine-grained. The taste is a good balance of sweetness and tartness. Fresh-eating apple or for cooking.

Available: Early August
The Lodi is an apple cultivar that is a hybrid of the ‘Yellow Transparent’ and ‘Montgomery Sweet’ (‘Autumn Bough’) cultivars. It was introduced in 1924. The Lodi apple is light green in colour and has been described as an early season, summer apple, and also as a cooking apple. The cultivar has also been described as suitable for saucing (making applesauce)

Available: Early September
Discovered in 1800 as a chance seedling by John McIntosh of Dundela, Ontario. Mac’s are medium in size with irregular round shape; colour is green with a red splash and has a white, juicy flesh. Mildly tart, with sweetness as it ripens. Excellent for sauces, pies or eating fresh.

Available: Late September
Macoun apples are a cross between the ‘McIntosh’ and Jersey Black.
The Macoun’s skin is a dark red with a purplish flush. Its very firm flesh is juicy and snow white, tasting sweet with a hint of berry.

Available: Mid-Late August
Melba is a Canadian cultivar of domesticated apple, which was developed by W. T. Macoun at the Central Experimental Farm, in Ottawa, Ontario by crossing a McIntosh with a Liveland Raspberry apple. It has a yellow skin washed with crimson colour. Flesh is extremely white, firm and crisp.

Mutsu (Crispin)
Available: Mid October
Cross between the Golden Delicious and the Japanese Indo. Larger than average, it has a tart to sweet taste and firm texture. Ideal for snacks. Delicious in pies and chunky sauces.

Paula Red
Available: Mid August
Paulared apples are bright red with some yellow and tan spots; the skin often has a dusty sheen. They have a sprightly taste, not too sweet and not too tart, vinous and slightly reminiscent of strawberries. It has a firm white flesh that becomes soft and mealy extremely quickly as its season declines.

Red Delicious
Available: Early October
Large size, firm, sweet and juicy. Dark red colour and elongated shape. Excellent in salads but not recommended for cooking.

Royal Gala
Available: Mid-Late September
Cross between the Kidd’s Orange Red and Golden Delicious. Average size; yellow-orange ground colour with a red blush. Ideal for eating fresh.Russet

Available: Early October
Sweet and tangy. A popular choice in Europe and one of the oldest Ontario varieties. Great as a fresh snack but also ideal for pie filling and applesauce.

Available: Mid September
Silken are medium-sized apples with pale yellow translucent skin. Inside, they have crisp, juicy white flesh with good flavour, and are aromatic.

Available: Early October
The Snow Apple — aptly named for both the fruit’s white flesh and the tree’s winter hardiness — is one of the oldest known apple varieties. Also called the Fameuse, it originated in France, probably in the 1600s and was introduced to Canada and America one hundred years later.
Snow is a wonderful apple variety due most notably to its flavor and rich, strawberry-like aroma. The fruit is on the small side, but very sweet and juicy.

Available: Mid September
Cross between the McIntosh and Newtown, this apple originated in British Columbia. Medium sized red variety. Delicious fresh apple but makes a great pie filling, too.

Available: Mid October
Distinguished by bright red stripes and an elongated shape. Large, crisp and firm. Excellent for pies and baked apples.

Tolman Sweet
Available: Early October
Excellent for cider and drying, also a good dessert and baking apple. Large green or yellow apple, sometimes blushed red with lines of russet, often marked by a suture top to bottom. Flesh is firm, dry to moderately juicy, decidedly sweet. Historically, a highly esteemed “sweet” apple.

Available: Early September
Excellent dessert and multi-use apple, picked a few weeks early for cooking. Beautiful fruit ripens to bright red across the surface. Crisp, juicy flesh. Refreshing, sprightly, vinous flavour.

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