APPLES - CLASSIC
These apples are all tried and true varieties and make up the majority of the commercial apples grown. They are the backbone of the industry and have the flavors and qualities that appeal to most Americans with one major exception. Most grocery store apples are picked in the green stage, kept in cold storage and then subjected to ethylene gas prior to shipping. This gas gives an apple the appearance of ripeness but does not allow for the development of sugars enhanced by sun ripening. Grown at home these will have much more flavor, nutrition and can be picked at the peak of ripeness. These are approximate 48" branched trees.
ARKANSAS BLACK - From the mid 1800’s Arkansas Black apples are generally medium-sized with a somewhat flattened shape. A very dark red on the tree, occasionally with a slight green blush where hidden from the sun, the apples grow darker as they ripen, becoming a very dark red or burgundy color. With storage the skin continues to darken. Arkansas Black is one of the darkest of all apple cultivars, hence the name. The flesh is notably hard and crunchy when fresh, though it does soften somewhat with keeping. Fairly tart when fresh-picked, the apples mellow with storage. Arkansas Blacks are considered an excellent keeping apple, and can be stored for six months in appropriate conditions. 4'-5' branched trees $24.95
BRAEBURN - Sold out for 2020 Braeburn Fruit is medium to large, red striped with an orange red blush on a yellow background. The flesh is pale, cream colored, crisp and juicy with a pleasant sub acid tart flavor. The Braeburn apple's sweet-tart flavor can be enjoyed fresh, but the high acidity also makes it a choice baking apple. .Fruits store for four months. A bit richer flavored and firmer than Fuji, but not quite as good a keeper.
FUJI- Tall, rectangular, medium size fruit. Yellowish green skin with orangish red flush and darker stripes. Darker blush on sun side. Crisp, juicy slightly sub acid white flesh with outstanding texture and citrus and honey notes. Requires a long growing season. In a refrigerator, Fuji will keep through April and still be crackling crisp. One of the top 3 varieties sold in the U.S. 4' - 5' branched trees $24.95
GALA- Developed in New Zealand, Gala is excellent for fresh eating. A very pretty, medium size, conical to round fruit with yellow skin patterned with bright orange-red. Firm, juicy, fine textured, yellow white flesh. Sweet slightly tart flavor. Hangs well on tree. One of the top 3 varieties sold in the U.S. 4' - 5' branched trees $24.95
GOLDEN DELICIOUS- Golden Delicious Since 1905 and now the state fruit of West Virginia. Large conic golden yellow fruit. Firm, crisp, juicy, flavorful flesh. Mild sweet distinctive flavor. High quality all purpose. Since they are high in vitamin C they resist browning. Retain their shape well when baked. The best pollinator for other varieties. Often picked too early, allow to get a golden color for much higher sweetness. Each orchard should have one of these. 36" starting to branch $16.95
GRANNY SMITH -Sold out for 2020 Developed in Geneva at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in 1898 and released in 1915, this self-fertile cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis apple is a favorite of cooks and orchardists alike. The Cortland is sweet and lightly tart at peak ripeness. Its brilliant red color is sometimes accompanied by light yellow streaks and green specks, a deep contrast compared to the fruits stark white, tender flesh. Amazingly, the flesh retains its white after slicing.
JONATHAN - The Jonathan apple is medium sized and covered in a thin red skin, blushed with yellow to green undertones. Fruit from trees that have limited sun exposure during the ripening process will often have vertical red striping and subtle lenticels (spots) on the skin. Trees that are exposed to more sun will take on a deeper red to purple hue. The fine textured flesh of the Jonathon apple is creamy yellow in color with a crisp bite and lots of juice. Its flavor is mildly sweet with a tart tang and subtle hints of spice. 36" trees starting to branch $16.95
McINTOSH - Sold out for 2020 McIntosh features juicy, very tender, white flesh and a sweet, slightly tart flavor.
They are best used for snacking, cooking, and applesauce, but some people enjoy their tangy flavor in pies as well. This old, well-known variety was discovered as a chance seedling by John McIntosh in 1811. Often considered a New England apple, it ripens in early to mid-September.
HONEYCRISP -This exceptional variety was developed from a Macoun x Honeygold cross at the University of Minnesota. The fruit is mostly orange-red with a yellow background. This crisp, juicy, sweet apple has a rich flavor that has made it #1 in taste panels. The fruit averages 3 inches and up, matures ten days before Red Delicious, has a two week harvest window and stores well. Outstanding winter hardiness gives this variety excellent potential for northern growing areas, in particular for roadside markets and pick-your-own operations. 4' - 5' Branched Trees $24.95
PINK LADY - These are the original Cripps Pink that was originally bred by by crossing the Australian apple Lady Williams with a Golden Delicious to combine the firm long-storing property of Lady Williams with the sweetness and lack of storage scald of Golden Delicious. The apple shape is ellipsoid, it has a distinctive blush mixed with a green "background", and taste is tart. Cripps Pink requires a long growth period and a hot climate and produces very well for us in Edgewood. 4' - 5' Branched Trees $24.95
RED DELICIOUS - Sold out for 2020 Its sports are the most purchased apple variety in the United States. The Red Delicious Apple has shiny dark red or striped reddish-yellow skin. The apple is distinguished by its five bumps around the eye. The flesh is yellowish in color and is rich and sweet. These are the original type and not the mealy, tasteless ones you now find in the stores.
RED ROME- Sold out for 2020 Very round fruit, medium to very large, with handsomely striped to almost solid red, thick skin. A favorite for baking and drying, and outstanding as a baked apple. Not as good for fresh eating with dryish flesh and very mild flavor. A good keeper on and off the tree. Once a major commercial variety, Rome is a consistent cropper.
WINESAP - Sold out for 2020 Although the particular origin of the 'Winesap' is not clear, authors note that it was known during the Colonial period and is thought to have come from New Jersey. The first mention appears to be by Willich and Mease in 1804. They called the apple wine-sop and it was said to have a "sweet, but not sprightly taste".
Winesap was a popular apple in the United States until the 1950s. It stores well, and its decline in popularity has been attributed to the development and increased use of controlled atmosphere storage which allowed a wider variety of apples to be sold over the course of the year.
The 'Winesap' fruit is small to medium with a deep, cherry red skin and a crisp, yellow flesh. It has moderate disease resistance including to mildew and blooms a few days later than other late varieties. It is all-purpose, being used for fresh eating, cider, apple butter, and pies