The Baldwin originated in 1740 as a chance seedling on a small farm in Wilmington, Massachusetts. It is a bright red winter apple and was, for years, the most popular apple in the northeast.
Gala apples are native to New Zealand. They were first developed in the 1920s by crossing the Golden Delicious with the Kidd’s Orange Red. Valued for their thin skin, they are considered a very soft eating apple. They are best in September
The Granny Smith apple originated in Australia in 1868 as a chance seedling propagated by Sir Nicholas Birtles. They were introduced in the United States in 1935.
Braeburn apples originated in New Zealand over 50 years ago. They are thought to be a cross between the Granny Smith and the Lady Hamilton.
Cortland apples were developed in Cortland County, New York in 1898. They have a sweet flavor and make an excellent dessert apple.
Unlike most other varieties, the Northern Spy can take up to a decade to bear fruit. It was discovered in East Broomfield, New York in 1800 and makes a great cider apple.
The McIntosh, or “Mac,” is one of the most popular apples in Vermont. Although they are often grown in New England today, every McIntosh apple had a direct lineage to a single tree discovered in 1811 by John McIntosh on his farm in Dundela, Canada.
Empire apples are a cross between the McIntosh and the Red Delicious varieties. They are a unique combination of sweet and tart… just like marriages!
Flower of Kent
The Flower of Kent is supposedly the apple that Sir Isaac Newton saw falling to the ground from its tree, inspiring his laws of universal gravity. This variety descends from a single tree at Newton’s Woolsthorpe Manor.
Like childhood love, the Ginger Gold grows early! These apples are one of the earliest apples to ripen, bearing their fruit as soon as July.
The Honeycrisp is a new variety, introduced in Minnesota in 1991. They are honey sweet and are in limited supply… just like true love!
The Katy apple is an early season, sweet fruit. It was developed in 1947 by crossing the James Grieve and Worchester Pearmain varieties. It‘s native to Sweden.
This apple, also known as The Glory of York, was one of England‘s most popular apples during Victorian times and is said to be “the classic English dessert” fruit. It originated in Yorkshire.
Liberty apples were developed in 1955 at Purdue University by crossing other varieties with Macoun apples. Thirty-eight seedlings were selected to be bred for their resistance to an apple ailment called scab. Today, Liberty apples are famous for their ability to resist disease. Just like strong love, Liberty apples are resilient!
The Cameo apple was first discovered, mysteriously, as a single tree growing amidst an orchard of Red Delicious apples in Dryden, Washington. Like true love, it was literally one in a million!
The Roxbury Russet is considered one of the oldest American apple varieties, dating back to the arrival of the Pilgrims.