12 Types of Apples

 Here are 12 types
of apples to look out for.

It’s no mystery why apples are one of the world’s most popular fruits. They’re healthy, widely available and delicious both baked and raw.

1

Tender and tangy

MCINTOSH

You likely already know and love these deep red snacking apples but McIntosh apples are also great for turning into applesauce.

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2

Tart and juicy

GRANNY SMITH

These bright green beauties work wonderfully in desserts because their firm texture helps them keep their shape.

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3

Sweet and buttery

GOLDEN
DELICIOUS

The name says it all. These vibrant yellow apples—harvested from September through October have a sweet, honey-like flavor.

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4

Sweet and crunchy

HONEYCRISP

These sunset-colored beauties are beyond versatile. Their firmness makes them great for tarts, pies, and basically any dessert you
can think of.

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5

Acidic and refreshing

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CRIPPS PINK

Their tart-sweet flavor is tasty to eat raw, but they also hold up beautifully in the oven. Keep an eye out for them in late fall.

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6

Sweet and firm

FUJI

They’re not mealy in texture whatsoever, so they’re super juicy and crisp when eaten raw and can hold their shape in the oven.

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7

Sweet and juicy

GALA

This Golden Delicious-Kidd’s Orange Red hybrid hails from New Zealand, where it was named for Queen Elizabeth II before it came to the U.S. in the 1970s. 

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8

Crisp and juicy

EMPIRE

Invented in New York in the 60s, they’re a cross between the tangy McIntosh & the sweet Red Delicious, so it’s no surprise that they’re delicious.

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9

Tart-sweet and crisp

A hybrid of Granny Smith and Lady Hamilton apples, Braeburns inherited not only their tartness
but also their red-yellow
gradient color. 

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BRAEBURN

10

Sweet and juicy

One of the most popular types of apples in the U.S., they hail from Iowa and have a very
agreeable flavor.

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RED DELICIOUS

11

Tart and creamy

You can pick these stripy red gems out of a crowd easily, thanks to their squat, round shape.

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CORTLAND

12

Complex and aromatic

They toe the line between sweet and sour, but their real claim to fame is their crisp, sturdy texture and wine-like juice.

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WINESAP

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