We grow more than a dozen varieties of apples – all certified organic. Each variety has its own personality and strengths. Here are descriptions of the most plentiful varieties:
Paula Red may be the best early fresh-eating red apple widely available. Like McIntosh, from which it is presumed to have descended, Paula is an attractive small to medium apple that fares well in the kitchen.
Empire is firmer and sweeter than McIntosh and keeps longer. It has some of the sweetness of Red Delicious, with much more character. Empire is better for baking than either of its parents. A good all purpose apple.
Jonathon is spicy, tangy, a bit tart in flavor and has crisp, juicy flesh. It keeps well and is hard to find a bad one. It won’t hold shape real well when baked, but is a very good variety for the kitchen. Jonathon is as American as Mom and, well, apple pie.
Golden Delicious is one of the most popular apple varieties and is easy to like with its agreeable taste, texture, aroma and appearance. An excellent baker, Golden Delicious is sweet and mellow with just the right tang and juice.
Red Delicious stores well and is surprisingly sweet. Look for locally grown apples in season, and don’t insist on a uniformly dark red color. It is the most popular apple in America.
Rome is a good keeper, fair for fresh-eating and reliable in the kitchen. Rome is the bestapple for making baked apples as it holds its shape well.
Ida Red Tangy and firm, hard and tart, Ida Red is a real workhorse variety. They last forever and keep their quality in storage. Reliable in the kitchen and a good fresh-eating apple. It absolutely excels as a baking apple.
Jersey Mac is a beautiful looking apple, bright red and green, glossy and perfectly round. Don’t pass them up, but be aware of the season and with luck you’ll find some truly spectacular tasting ones.
Cortland is a large red apple with fine, smooth white flesh that is very slow to brown, which makes it a superb choice for salads. It can be a very good fresh-eating apple. The flavor is mild and slightly tart.
Jonagold is an excellent dessert variety. It is a cross between Jonathon and Golden Delicious and retains some of the best features of both. It has a sprightly, juicy flavor like Jonathon and a sweetness and aroma similar to that of Golden Delicious. The subtle and complex taste seems to be at its best for a couple of weeks after picking.
Winesap is a “must try” variety. A relatively small, round, deep red apple with a somewhat tough skin and firm, crisp, yellow flesh. It is a very juicy variety and the flavor is a very strong, yet perfectly balanced blend of sweet and tart. Winesap is an exceptional kitchen variety as well, and its distinctive aroma and flavor survive cooking and enhance any recipe.