Did You Know?
- Each year Vermont growers produce around 1,000,000 bushels (or about 40 million pounds) of apples.
- Visitors to pick-your-own orchards pick about 200,000 bushels of apples each year.
- Grocery stores sell about 300,000 bushels.
- Vermont orchards grow more than 150 varieties of apples.
- Apples originated in Central Asia, where they have been grown for thousands of years.
- Apples came to America with European settlers in the 1600s.
- The McIntosh is the most important apple grown in Vermont. This tasty variety accounts for about 50% of Vermont’s apple crop.
Want to eat apples, make some cider, or cook an apple dessert? These are some of the best varieties you can pick. Rated on a scale of zero to four stars for fresh eating, cooking, and juicing.
|Cortland||★★★||★★★★||★★★||Sept-Apr||Sweet with slight tartness, good for pies, salads, baking. An 1898 McIntosh-Ben Davis cross|
|Empire||★★★★||★★||★★★||Sept-Apr||Nice blend of sweet/tart, juicy, crunchy. Developed in 1940s from McIntosh-Red Delicious parents|
|Gala||★★★★||★||★★★||Sept-Apr||A recent introduction to Vermont, so supplies are limited. Originated in New Zealand|
|Honeycrisp||★★★★||★★||★★★★||Sept-Apr||Honey-sweet with hint of tartness, very crispy, great for snacking. A 1960 Macoun-Honeygold cross from Minnesota.|
|Jersey Mac||★★★||★★||★★★★||Aug-Sept||An early-season apple for snacking, applesauce, cider. For cooking, use extra-thick slices|
|Jonamac||★★★||★||★★★||Sept-Dec||Best for fresh eating & for applesauce|
|Liberty||★★★||★||★★★||Oct-Nov||A nice, fresh dessert apple. A naturally disease-resistant cultivar developed in 1955 from a Macoun cross.|
|Macoun||★★★★||★||★★★★||Oct-Nov||One of New England’s favorite sweet-tart fresh eating apples developed in 1932|
|McIntosh||★★★★||★★★||★★★★||Sept-Apr||Vermont’s favorite variety, great for fresh-eating and sauces. (Keep chilled for best crunch.) For cooking, use extra-thick slices or chunks|
|Northern Spy||★★||★★★★||★||Oct-Apr||New England’s hands-down favorite for pies. An early 1800s discovery from New York|
|Paula Red||★★★||★||★★★★||Aug-Oct||An excellent early season apple for fresh-eating & applesauce. Keep chilled.|
|Red Delicious||★★★||★||★★★★||Sept-Apr||A juicy, sweet fresh-eating apple, discovered in the 1880s. Vermont Red Delicious apples are finer textured than those originating in the Western U.S.|
|Spartan||★★★||★||★★★★||Sept-Apr||A good, juicy all-purpose apple, with a balanced sweet-tart flavor. A good keeper.|