All About Apples
The apples of your eye!
 
 

          We do not wax our apples. This gives you a true flavour experience! The following is an alphabetical list of all 30 varieties of apples that we grow and distribute in Leamington and Windsor.

         If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us.

 

 

Apple Variety Apple Information Eating Baking
Sweet Tart
Ambrosia Discovered in the late 1980s in British Colombia, Canada, this apple is a good snacking apple with its crisp texture and juicy aromatic flesh. It is a medium-size apple with red color with some striping on a creamy yellow background, similar to a Gala or Fuji. The Ambrosia apple does not have a long storage life, so it should be used within approximately four months of harvesting.2 X    
Availability:         Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.      
Aurora Golden Gala A mid-season, yellow dessert apple with exceptional texture and keeping quality. The fruit flesh is extremely crisp and juicy, firm and sweet. The flavour is light, fresh, and pleasant.5 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Courtland Descended from the McIntosh, it's a cross between a 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.1 X   X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Crab Apples Small, rosy red, hard tart flesh, too sour for hand-eating, makes great jellies, jams and good with pork and poultry, available during the fall months.3     X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Empire Cross between the Macintosh and Red Delicious. Slightly juicy, firm and crisp. Ideal for snacks; makes great applesauce.1   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Fuji Cross between a Delicious and Ralls Janet. Medium to large size; firm and greenish pink in colour with white flesh. Great for eating fresh.1 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Gala Cross between a Kidd's Orange and Golden Delicious. Average size; yellow-orange ground colour with a red blush. Ideal for eating fresh out-of-hand.1 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Ginger Gold Can be picked green but will turn an attractive yellow with a blush if allowed to hang on the tree. Uniform fruit size.4   X  
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Gold Supreme A medium sized apple that is greenish yellow to golden brown in color with a firm cream-colored flesh that provides a sweet juicy flavor. This apple is a good selection for drying, for baking, and for making cider.6 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Golden Delicious Originated in West Virginia as a chance seedling, it was introduced in 1916. Firm and juicy. Slices keep their shape when baked in pies. Favourite choice for snacks and applesauce.1 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Golden Russet Sweet and tangy. A popular choice in Europe. One of the oldest Ontario varieties. Great as a fresh snack; ideal for pie filling and applesauce, too.1 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Granny Smith Green, extremely tart, crisp, juicy and versatile, they’re available year-round. Grannies are a favorite of Washington state pie-bakers. They’re also excellent for snacking and salads. Warm days and cool summer nights ensure crunch and flavor for October harvest.2   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Honey Crisp Cross between a 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.1   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Idared Cross between a Jonathan and Wagener. Medium to large; round to flat round. Tart; keeps its flavour when oven baked. Ideal for munching or oven baking.1   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Jersey Mac Medium sized red apple with yellow/green splashes. Flesh is crisp and juicy with a tart flavor.4   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Jona Gold Cross between a Golden Delicious and Jonathan. Large, round to round conic; medium orange-red to red blush over faint striping and green-yellow ground colour; firm, slightly coarse texture. Great for eating fresh and cooking.1 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Jonamac Medium size, firm fruit with 90% dark red color over greenish background. Flesh firm, crisp, high quality with flavor similar to McIntosh.4 X   X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Jonathan Spicy and fragrant, juicy, sweet-tart, all-purpose cooking except for whole, good for hand-eating, available September through February.3   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Lodi Fruit is pale yellow flushed with deeper yellow. Flesh is crisp and juicy, flavor is sweet-tart. Ripens later than Transparent and keeps longer.4      
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Macintosh Originated at 1800 as a chance seedling by John Macintosh of Dundela, Ontario. Medium size; irregular round shape; green apple with red splash; white, juicy flesh; mildly tart, sweetness as it ripens. Excellent for eating fresh, baking pies and sauces.1 X   X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Mutsu Cross between the Golden Delicious and the Japanese Indo. Larger than average; tart to sweet taste and firm texture. Ideal for snack. Delicious in pies and chunky sauces.1   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Northern Spy Distinguished by bright red stripes and elongated shape. Large, crisp and firm. Excellent for pies and baked apples.1   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Paula Red One of the better early season eating apples. Small to medium apple, taste is mild.4   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Red Delicious Large size; firm, sweet and juicy; dark red and elongated. Excellent in salads; not recommended for cooking.1 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Silken -Medium size. Cream colored translucent. No blush or stripe pattern. Very clear, no visible lenticels. Crisp, juicy, excellent flavor.4 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Spartan Cross between the McIntosh and Newtown; originated in British Columbia. Medium size, red variety. Good fresh from hand; makes a great pie filling, too.1 X    
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Transparent A very early season dual purpose variety - one of the first to ripen. A little too sharp for most as a dessert apple but excellent as a cooker.7   X  
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Tydeman Red Sauce and dessert apple. Early fall McIntosh type. Can size well. Not very crisp. Flushed scarlet with dark red streaks. Thin, shiny skin imparts a hint of cinnamon. Flavor deteriorates in storage.4   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Vista Bella Very early. Medium size. Very dark red over yellow.4   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May
Winesap Juicy, tart, crisp yellowish flesh with a deep red skin, all-purpose, stores well.3   X X
Availability: June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May

1. www.onapples.com

2. www.bestapples.com

3. http://homecooking.about.com

4. www.allaboutapples.com

5. www.agf.gov.bc.ca

6. www.recipetips.com

7. www.keepers-nursery.co.uk

 

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