Types of Apple at Parlee Farms
Pick Your Own Apples season is here, and we have a lot of apple varieties for you to choose from over the next two months! We have apples to pick well into the late October, and each of our apples has its own, unique qualities. Here’s a look at most of the apples we have available, when they will be available (either for picking or in our Farmstand), and the best qualities of each of them:
First of the Season Apples – Late August / Early September
A variety of McIntosh, the Paula Red apple ripens early in the season and is available in the Farmstand now. It’s suitable for eating although it does become very soft when cooked. Paula Red is juicy and crisp with more tartness than sweetness.
Available now in our Farmstand, Ginger Gold apples are popular for snacking with a crisp, fine texture and a sweet flavor with tart overtones. Ginger Gold are perfect for eating and, because they are very slow to brown, they can be used in salads and fruit trays.
Jonamacs are a cross between a McIntosh and Jonathan with a flavor more related to the McIntosh apple but sweeter. The Jonamac has a complex flavor with less tartness than a McIntosh and more sweetness than a Jonathan with undertones of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Early Season Apples – Early/Mid September
The Fulford Gala is a large variety of Gala with a blush rather than stripes and a bright red color. This variety is originally from New Zealand with a mild, sweet flavor and texture.
First discovered on a Massachusetts farm, the Marshall McIntosh is the same as a regular McIntosh except it ripens much sooner and has a more intense red color. It also has a slightly more intense flavor.
Our most populare apple, the Honey Crisp is just like it sounds: explosive crispness with a sweet honey flavor with a bit of tartness. Honey Crisp apples are popular for snacking, baking, pies, and salads.
The Pioneer Mac, despite the name, isn’t a true McIntosh but a Mac-type apple with a richer red color. The Pioneer Mac has firmer, whiter flesh than most McIntosh strains.
Mid-Season Apples – Late September / Early October
Macoun apples were developed in New York in the 1930s and is one of the parents of the Honey Crisp apple. It is extra sweet and juicy, with a hint of crunch. Macoun apples are highly aromatic and is popular as a dessert apple.
Cortland apples were developed in the late 19th century and best known for their extremely white and tender flesh. This juicy apple is very sweet with very slight tartness and is the top apple for baking. It is also a great for fresh eating and salads.
Morning Mist Fuji
Morning Mist Fuji is a variety of the traditional Fuji apple that ripens up to one month early to increase the availability of this popular crisp, sweet hybrid. It is very sweet and juicy and great in salads.
The Empire apple is a cross between the popular McIntosh and Red Delicious apples. Popular for its crunchy, crisp texture, Empire apples are the perfect blend of tart and sweet.
The Snow Sweet apple is a unique apple developed in Minnesota with a sweet and almost buttery flavor, a bit of tartness, and rich overtones. It is slow to brown, so it is a great choice for fresh eating and salads.
The Crimson Crisp certainly lives up to its name with an incredibly crisp texture and a sharp and sweet flavor with notes of spice.
Late Season Apples – Mid October
If you like your apples with a crispy, spicy bite, the Fortune variety is a good choice. This apple has a somewhat spicy flavor and it’s a cross between the Empire and Northern Spy apples. An excellent baking apple!
Jonagold is a cross between the tart Jonathan apple and the mellow, sweet Golden Delicious apple. This sweet and slightly tart apple is crisp yet juicy, ideal for snacking, frying, salads, and pies.
The Golden Delicious remainsa very popular apple variety. This crisp, yellow apple has a mild and sweet flavor. Because Golden Delicious are so sweet and firm, they are ideal for pies and baking.
The Crimson Topaz apple is a cross between the Vanda and Rubin apples. Crimson Topaz apples have crisp, cream-colored flesh that is more tart than sweet, although it mellows as it’s stored.
Shizuka are large, yellow-skinned apples from Japan. Similar to Mutsu apples, Shizuka apples are sweeter and milder with low acidity that makes them slow to turn brown.
Hampshire Mac apples are a type of McIntosh from New Hampshire that ripen a couple of weeks after the conventional McIntosh. This variety is very firm with a juicy, crisp texture and tart flavor.
The Red Delicious is one of the most well-known apple varieties. They are great for fresh eating and are known for maintaining their bright red appearance.
Cameo apples are recognizable with thin red and orange striped skin and a sweet yet tart flavor. Cameos are very crispy with a flavor slightly reminiscent of pears. Popular for snacking, they are also excellent for baking and salads.
Mutsu apples, also known as Crispin, were first grown in Japan as a cross between the Indo and Golden Delicious apples. Mutsu apples are known for their sweet and tart flavor with subtle spice and their juicy yet crisp texture.
We update TODAY’S FARM NEWS daily with what apples are available for pick your own and available already picked in our Farmstand. During apple pickings season, you’ll certainly have plenty to choose from at Parlee Farms!
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