Varieties

Cortland Apple

Cortland

Great multi-purpose apple. Good apple picking dates would be: late September to mid-October

Empire Apple

Empire

From a cross of McIntosh and Delicious. Mildly tart-sweet. Excellent for snacks and cooking. Ripens in October.

Fortune

Bred from Schoharie Spy and Empire in New York. Great for eating and in pies. Ripens in mid-October.

Honeycrisp Apple

Honeycrisp

Originated in Minnesota in 1961. Very crisp and juicy. Picking dates: mid-September to early October

Gala Apple

Gala

From New Zealand from a cross between Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red. Ripens in mid-September.

Gingergold Apple

Gingergold

Actually found as a chance seedling in Virginia. Great for eating fresh. Ripens in late August.

Jersey Mac

Jersey Mac

Originated in New Jersey from a cross between July Red and an unnamed apple selection. Ripens in mid-August.

Jonagold

Jonagold

From a cross of Jonathan and Golden Delicious in 1943. Great for eating fresh. Ripens in mid-October.

McIntosh

McIntosh

Slightly tart and a very aromatic apple. Picking dates: mid-September to mid-October

Macoun Apple

Macoun

Highly regarded in the northeast for flavor. Excellent for snacks. Picking dates: early to late October

Astrachan Apple

Astrachan

Originated in Europe and possibly Sweden. Great for eating fresh and in pies. Ripens in August.

Blue Pearmain Apple

Blue Pearmain

Originated in the United States around 200 years ago. A wonderful a mild flavor and coarse texture.

Northern Spy Apple

Northern Spy

Originated in NY around 1800 of unknown parentage. Tart flavor and great fresh or in pies. Ripens in late October.

Bladwin Apple

Baldwin

Originated in Massachusetts around 1750 and was once a leading variety in New England. Ripens in mid-October.

Brock Apple

Brock

Originated in 1934 from a cross between McIntosh and Golden Delicious, at the University of Maine. Ripens mid-October.

Paulared

Paulared

Originated as a chance seedling in Michigan. Tart flavor, good for eating fresh. Ripens in late August.

Black Oxford

Black Oxford

Originated in Oxford County, Maine around 1790. Balanced flavor and firm flesh. Ripens in late October.

Chenango Strawberry Apple

Chenango Strawberry

Dates back to the 1850’s. Named for the shape of its fruit. Very aromatic and ripens in September.

Duchess of Oldenburg

Duchess of Oldenburg

Originally from Russia, now grown in Maine for its winter hardiness. Tart flavor, great in pies. Ripens in late August.

Mutsu Apple

Mutsu

Originated in Japan from a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo. Flavorful, thus popular for eating fresh.

Snow Apple (Fameuse)

Snow Apple (Fameuse)

Old variety with unknown origin. Believed to be one of the parents of McIntosh. Ripens in early October.

Gravenstein

Gravenstein

Grown in Europe since the 1600’s. Parentage is unknown. Tart flavor. Great in pies. Ripens in early September.

Nodhead

Nodhead

Thought to originate in New Hampshire in the 1850’s. Sweet flavor. Good for eating and in cider. Ripens in October.

Winter Banana

Winter Banana

Originated in Indiana around 1870. Mild flavor, great for eating fresh. Ripens in late September

Lady Apple

Lady Apple

Originating in France hundreds of years ago. Was once popular during the holidays in the Northeast. Delicate flavor.

Spencer

Spencer

From British Columbia as a cross between McIntosh and Delicious. Good for eating fresh. Ripens in mid-Oct.

Wolf River Apple

Wolf River

Originated near the Wolf River in Wisconsin in the 1800’s. Good for eating fresh and in pies. Ripens in September.

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To learn more about the many apple varieties grown in Maine, visit an apple orchard this fall.

 Great Maine Apple Day is a festival in October that celebrates the apple harvest and the many apple varieties grown in Maine’s orchards.