This Year's Apple Varieties
Maine-ly Apples has 1645 apple trees and 27 pear trees. We grow 48 different varieties of apples, which range from the Maine favorite McIntosh to antique British cider apples as well as classic English desert apples and all the latest popular varieties that can be grown in Maine such as the Honeycrisp and Snowsweet. The varieties that are in production for this year are listed below by their approximate picking dates. Clicking on a variety name will open a description in a new window.
Please keep in mind that not all varieties ripen at the same time. See our homepage and our pick your own page for the varieties currently available in our farm stand and for pick your own. pick your own when in season.
- Ginger Gold – Golden Delicious type, high quality, sweet, early season dessert apple.
- Zestar – High quality early season crisp, juicy dessert apple developed by the University of Minnesota, the people who brought you Honeycrisp.
– An early, tasty Cortland cross.
- Sansa – Excellent dessert apple with good keeping quality. Ripens one week before Gala.
- Prima – An excellent dessert apple. Sometimes called the "spice apple."
- Jonamac – McIntosh and Jonathan cross; a dark red apple that is firm, crisp, and on the tart side.
- McIntosh – The classic Maine favorite.
- Cortland – A traditional apple that is great for cooking. Has a white flesh that resists browning.
- Honeycrisp – The increasingly popular, large sized eating apple. Lives up to the name.
- Gala – A New Zealand apple that is crisp, dense, and mildly sweet.
- Late September / October
- Fuji – A fine grained, sweet apple with a very good storage life; the most popular apple in Japan.
- Macoun – A juicy, low acid apple.
- Spartan – Ripens after McIntosh with all the same snappy flavor.
- Empire – Medium sized, dark red with firm flesh, stores well.
- Liberty – A Macoun cross eating apple, it is also good for cooking and cider.
- Shizuka – A low acid eating apple.
- Fameuse – An antique apple that is parent of the McIntosh; called the "snow apple."
- Valstar – Early season European apple with sweet-tart flavor. Good for sauce.
- Spencer – Good for both eating and cooking. Stores well.
- Cox Orange Pippin – An antique English variety with an intriguing aroma and balanced flavor, considered the finest dessert apple grown.
- Golden Delicious – Pale yellow apple, mild and sweet.
- Smokehouse – 19th Century apple from Pennsylvania that is good for cooking and stores well.
- Jonagold – Europe's most popular apple; excellent dessert apple.
- Snowsweet – Product of the University of Minnesota from the same development program as Zestar & Honeycrisp. Ripens later than Honeycrisp.
- Red Delicious – The traditional eating apple. Deep red in color with a distinctive shape.
- Melrose – State apple of Ohio; large dessert apple.
- Idared – Late maturing variety; Idareds keep extremely well and actually develop a better taste during storage.
- Cameo – A new variety that is crisp, juicy, has a sweet tart flavor and has outstanding storage quality.
- Northern Spy – A traditional, firm apple that is great for cooking.
- Suncrisp – A golden apple with red blush; ripens in the late fall and is very crunchy.
Upcoming Varieties (not yet in production)
- Crimson Crisp – PRI 1971 sweet/tart all purpose apple.
- Winesap – 1700s NJ All purpose & cider sweet apple that stores well.
We also have some young plantings of top rated European and American cider apples that we will be using to make our own specialty ciders:
- Arkansas Black – From Arkansas in 1840.
- Calville Blanc – Developed in France around 1600; high in vitamin C.
- Foxwhelp – Sharp tasting and one of the most famous English cider apples.
- Harrys Masters Jersey – A bitter-sweet apple that makes very good quality cider.
- Kingston Black – A bitter-sharp apple. One of the best English single varietal ciders.
- Orleans – France 1776 ripe in October; use fresh, dried or cooking.
- Roxbury Russett – Developed in the 1700s; stays crisp all winter.
- Spitzenburg – Also developed in the 1700s; Thomas Jefferson's favorite apple; hard, dense, and crisp with a nut like flavor.
- Yarlington Mill – Somerset England 1900 medium bitter sweet.
- Tremletts Bitter – Devon England late 1800s full bitter sweet.
New Plantings 2016
- Rubymac – 1999 Comstock Park MI a patented exciting new Macintosh variety.
- Red Cameo – Van Well Nursery large red sweet/tart late apple.
Sometimes you just feel like something different. Here are some suggestions for our newer varieties based on some perennial favorites.
- If you like the tarty taste of McIntosh you might like Macoun, Liberty, or Empire.
- If you like Cortland as a great cooking apple you might like Spencer or Paulared.
- If you like Northern Spy as a great keeping apple you might try Idared.
- If you like Golden Delicious then you might try Jonagold or SunCrisp.