Apple Chart

Type: Size: Description: Best for:
Braeburn Medium to large Very juicy, crisp, somewhat coarse. Fresh eating, desserts & juices
Cortland Medium to large Stay white longer, so great in salads. Fresh eating, pies, baking & freezing
Empire Medium to medium small Slightly aromatic Excellent for fresh eating
Fuji Medium Crisp; sweet & tart Fresh eating & desserts
Gala Medium Mild juicy flavour Fresh eating & salads
Golden Delicious Medium to large Tart to sweet taste Fresh eating, pies, baked, sauces
Golden Russet Medium to small Coarse Fresh eating, pies, baked, sauces
Ida Red Medium to large Firm Excellent for pies & baking. 
McIntosh Small to large Mildly tart to sweet as ripened Fresh eating, pies, salads
Mutsu (Crispin) Large Green to yellowish green Fresh eating, cooking, commercial processing
Northern Spy Large Bright red, blushed with green Fresh eating, cooking & commercial processing
Paula Red Medium Dark red Fresh eating
Red Delicious Small to large Juicy & sweet Fresh eating
Spartan Medium Crisp, slightly aromatic Fresh eating, salads & sauces


Check out our recipes for apple sauce, apple crisp & old fashioned candy apples.

Apple Facts

  • Apples float in water because 25% of their volume is made up of air pockets found between cells.
  • An average apple contains 4 to 5 grams of fibre - more than a bowl of most cold breakfast cereals!
  • Two pounds of apples make one 9 inch apple pie.
  • Apples bruise easier than eggs break!
  • The largest continuous apple peel was 172 feet, 4 inches long and was created by Kathy Madison in Rochester, NY in 1976.
  • Apples are members of the rose family (who knew??).
  • Archeologists have discovered evidence that humans have been eating apples since at least 6500BC.
  • China is the world's largest apple producer, growing more than 7 times the number of apples of the US and Canada combined.
  • The Halloween game of bobbing for apples is said to have originated from an ancient harvest ritual in honour of the Roman goddess Pomona.
  • Apples ripen 6 to 10 times faster at room temperature than if kept in the refrigerator.
  • There are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown worldwide.
  • In medieval times sailors were given apple cider before a long voyage to help guard against scurvy.