Apple Varieties at Parlee Farms

At Parlee Farms, in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, we have over 20 apple varieties available during our picking season. Typically, our Apple Season begins in late-August and goes through October. However, always check Today’s Farm News for what is available on any given day.

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First of the Season

Paula Red
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This apple is tart, juicy, and crisp. Excellent for eating and cooking. A great early season apple!
Sansa
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A cross between Gala x Akane, this apple was developed in Japan. It is an excellent fresh eating apple, similar to Gala.
Ginger Gold
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Firm, yellow apple with a sweet, mildly tart flavor. Great for eating and for baking in pies & crisp. It is also excellent for fresh cut apple use as it is very slow to turn brown. It is the highest quality early season yellow dessert apple available.
Jonamac
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A cross between a Jonathan x MacIntosh, this high quality MacIntosh-type eating apple ripens a week ahead of the standard MacIntosh apple. It is excellent for fresh eating and sauce.

Early Season

Fulford Gala
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Originating in New Zealand, this strain of Gala is a large, yellow-orange apple with a blush red. This sweet apple is great for eating freshly picked and it stores well.
Marshall Mac
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Identical to the Original MacIntosh apple except is has an intense red color. Another great all-purpose apple.
Honeycrisp
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A cross between Macoun x Honeygold, this is our most popular apple. It is large, sweet, juicy, and has explosive crispness. Excellent for eating and baking.
Pioneer Mac
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A member of the MacIntosh family, this apple has excellent fruit quality and size. It is firmer than other Mac strains. Great all-purpose apple.

Mid-Season

Macoun
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Excellent, high quality MacIntosh-style apple developed in NY. It is extra sweet and juicy, with a hint of crunch. Excellent for fresh eating and good for sauce. Macoun is one of the parents of Honeycrisp and is very popular in its own right!
Cortland
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This all-purpose apple was developed in NY in 1898 and today is still the #1 baking apple! Sweet with a hint of tartness, its pure white flesh makes Cortland a top salad apple as well.
Morning Mist Fuji
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This apple is very sweet and juicy, similar to standard Fuji but it ripens in about six weeks earlier than standard Fuji. Excellent for fresh uses such as eating and salads; good for sauce.
Empire
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Deep red, crisp, sweet with a hint of MacIntosh flavor, this is an excellent eating apple. It is also good for baking and it stores well.
Snowsweet
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A new variety, this apple has a sweet taste, with a slight tart balance. A firm apple, it is slow to turn brown when exposed to air, which makes it an excellent apple for fresh eating and salads.
Golden Delicious
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Excellent fresh eating apple with a honey sweet flavor. It is also great for cooking, baking and sauce.

Late Season

Fortune
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Extremely large, firm apple that is great for baking. Cross between Northern Spy & Empire.
Jonagold
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Large, firm, extremely juicy, honey sweet with a slightly tart. A very popular eating apple in Europe, it stores well in refrigerator and can be used for baking. Developed in NY, it is a cross between Jonathan & Golden Delicious.
Shizuka
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A sister to Mutsu, this large, yellow apple has a slightly milder flavor than Mutsu. It ripens ahead of Mutsu.
Hampshire Mac
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A MacIntosh-type apple discovered in New Hampshire, this apple is crisp, juicy, and tart. It ripens two to three weeks later than a standard Mac.
Red Delicious
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A deep red, crisp apple that is popular for fresh eating.
Cameo
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New variety that is a bright red striped apple with a creamy orange color. It is firm and crisp, with a sweet tart flavor. A great fresh eating apple, as well as good for baking and sauce.
Mutsu (Crispin)
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A derivative of Golden Delicious, this very large, yellow-green apple is known both as Mutsu and as Crispin. It is a super crispy, very juicy, and has a honey sweet flavor. It is a excellent for eating, baking, and sauces.