This isn’t your ordinary apple juice. Organic apples are rich in flavanoids and polyphenols, which are both strong antioxidants and promote detoxification. The malic acid in apples helps maintain liver function and improve digestion. Apples also play an active role in lowering cholesterol levels (LDL), keeping you heart healthy. The old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is not just folklore.
The Pink Lady is a customer favorite and truly a beautiful apple. The bright pink color sets it apart from other varieties. The intense tart yet sweet taste makes it ideal an ideal raw eating apple. The Pink Lady also combines wonderfully with mild cheeses or in salad dressings. Originally developed in Australia by John Cripps for the Western Australia department of agriculture, the apple is a cross between a Lady Williams and a Golden Delicious.
Firm, crisp flesh and a unique, tangy-tart, sweet flavor are characteristic of this apple. Snackers and bakers give the variety high marks in consumer tastings. Cripps Pink, also known as Pink Lady®, is the last apple harvested in Washington state in late October. Crisp fall nights bring on the bright pink color that gives the apple its name. Supplies of Cripps Pink last from November to August.
The Honey Crisp took 30 years to perfect before it was introduced to the public. It all started in 1960 at the University of Minnesota. It was not officially patented until 1988 and then it was not released to the public until 1991. Originally thought to be a cross between a Macoun and Honeygold, in 2004 a group of researchers discovered the Keepsake and an unknown apple are actually the parents. The apple is incredibly crisp, honey-like in sweetness and quite juicy. With all these wonderful characteristics it is no wonder it is our prized variety. Excellent for eating raw, but also makes great sauces and pies.
Developed by the University of Minnesota, Honeycrisp has bright red and pale green outer skin and a cream colored crisp yet juicy inner flesh. With a sweet yet slightly tart flavor, this variety of apple is great for salads, baking, cooking or eating as a snack. The Honeycrisp Apple was created to grow well in cooler northern climates. It is a variety that stores well.
The fuji is one of the most popular varieties in the U.S. – and with good reason. Because of its sweet flavor and intensely juicy and crisp texture, the fuji apple is very versatile. It can be cooked, used in salads, dressings, applesauce, or snacks. Originally developed in Japan, Fujis are a cross between the Red Delicious and Virginia Ralls Janet. The variety was introduced to the United States in the 1960’s and has been a favorite ever since.
This immensely flavorful, new variety was introduced to the U.S. from Japan in the 1980s, but now the U.S. produces more Fujis than Japan. Each year, this big, super-sweet, crisp apple gains new fans. The Fuji holds its texture when baked. It’s known for its hard texture and syrupy sweetness. It’s also excellent for baking and salads. Washington’s cool weather in the late fall helps develop its reddish-pink color and superb flavor. Fujis are harvested in October and can be purchased October to August.
The Braeburn is a cultivar of apple that is firm to the touch with a red-orange vertical streaky appearance on a yellow-green background. It was discovered as a chance seedling in 1952 by the farmer O. Moran from Waiwhero in the Moutere Hills near Motueka, New Zealand. It was then cultivated by the Williams Brothers nursery as a potential export variety. It is thought to be a cross between Granny Smith and Lady Hamilton. The apple itself is named after Braeburn Orchard where it was first commercially grown. Braeburn apples have a unique combination of sweet and tart flavor.
This apple’s rich, sweet-tart, spicy flavor is high-impact. Color varies from orange to red over a yellow background. Aromatic, juicy and crisp, this apple is very firm. Braeburns are great for snacking and baking. Washington growers harvest the variety in September and early October. Consumers can purchase Washington Braeburns from October through July.
The Cameo is a cultivar apple discovered by the Caudle family in Dryden, Washington apple orchard in 1987. The parents are uncertain but it is assumed to be a cross between a Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. It is a bright red striped apple with a creamy orange color that is firm and crisp. The tart, sweet flavor makes it ideal for eating fresh and baking in your favorite desserts.
Sweet with a zingy crunch, Cameo® holds its texture for long periods.
Look for the variety’s characteristic white spots on the skin. The variety was discovered as a chance seedling in a Washington state orchard in the 1980s. Cameos® are harvested in September and October. Available October to August.
The Pinova is a German hybrid apple created by the Institute for Fruit Research and introduced in 1986. It is a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Cox Orange Pippin. Being the perfect balance of both sweet and tart, it is generally golden-colored with a stripy pink blush. Juicy, crisp and firm. First taste is a Golden Delicious, and then you will be delighted with a flavor you can’t describe that is luscious and satisfying. The Pinova is a very versatile apple being great for eating fresh or for baking in your favorite desert.
The first Gala apple tree was one of many seedlings resulting from a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Cox Orange Pippen planted in New Zealand in the 1930’s by orchardist J.H. Kidd. In October of 1974 an employee of Stark Bros Nursery obtained a US plant patent for the variety.
Pinkish-orange stripes over a yellow background are the signature of this crisp, aromatically-sweet, snappy apple. Gala apple have gained popularity among consumers in the past 15 years. Snacking and salads are primary uses. Gala harvest begins in the middle of August and lasts through early September. Gala apple are stocked September to May.
Gala apples are a smaller variety and are usually red with a portion being greenish or yellow-green, vertically striped. They are fairly resistant to bruising and are sweet, grainy, with a mild flavor and a thinner skin than most apples. They do best eaten fresh or added to salads.
This one’s a classic – America’s favorite snacking apple. The heart-shaped fruit is bright red and sometimes striped. Crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor, Red Delicious are also great in salads. Washington apple growers have been producing the world’s best Red Delicious apples since the 1920s. They’re harvested in September and October and available throughout the year.
It’s the all-purpose apple. Mellow and sweet, Golden Delicious are great for eating out of hand, baking and salads. In salads and other dishes, their flesh stays white longer than other apples. The dry, warm climate of Eastern Washington is perfect for this delicate yellow beauty. They’re harvested in September and available all year.
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.