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Our Varieties

At Carter Hill Orchard, we grow a wide variety of apples, available for picking or purchase in our country store. Below is a description of some of our most popular apples, including season and recommended uses.

For more ideas on how to make the most of your Carter Hill Orchard apples, see our recommended recipes.

Variety Description Season
Braeburn Thin skin, crisp fresh, complex sweet tart flavor.  Popular for eating, desserts, and salads. 2014
Cortland This variety originated in the late 1890s in New York state, a cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Sweeter than its McIntosh parent, with only a hint of tartness. Cortland has tender, snow white flesh that resists browning, making it an excellent choice for salads, kabobs and garnishes. September
Crispin Also called the mutsu, this hard, crisp, tart green apple is similar to a Granny Smith, and makes for great eating. One of our later varieties. A good choice for apple salads and slaws. October
Empire Empires premiered in 1966 in the Empire State of New York, a cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh developed by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. This crisp, juicy apple has a delightful sweet-tart flavor and creamy white flesh, making it a good all-purpose apple. Stake out your Empire between September and July. September
Gala This variety originated in New Zealand, a cross between Kidd's Orange Red and Golden Delicious. The Royal Gala strain was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who deemed it her favorite during a visit to New Zealand. It was brought to the United States in the early 1970s, and is now one of the country's most popular apples. This crispy, juicy, very sweet apple is ideal for snacking. Galas can vary in color, from cream to red- and yellow-striped. September
Gibson Golden It is just like a golden delicious. Pale yellow skin, sometimes with a red blush, mellow and sweet. Good for eating and salads. If you use in a pie, reduce the amount of sugar that you would use. Early October
Golden Delicious This old favorite was discovered as a chance seedling in 1890 in Clay County, W.Va., and was originally named Mullin's Yellow Seedling. Renamed in 1916, its parents are thought to be Golden Reinette and Grimes Golden. Goldens have a pale yellow skin, sometimes with a red blush. Mellow and sweet, all-purpose Goldens are great for eating out of hand, baking and salads. Golden's crisp, pale yellow flesh resists browning, making it a good choice for salads and other dishes. Cooks, note that you can reduce the amount of added sugar when making pies with Goldens. September
Granny Smith Green tart apple with a firm flesh.  Good for eating, sauces, pies, and baking. 2014
Honey Crips This honey of an apple has a honeyed, mild flavor and a crispness deemed explosive. Crispy, juicy and sweet, this popular newcomer is a cross between a Macoun and a Honeygold. Honeycrisp's skin is a distinctive mottled red over a yellow background, with coarse flesh. This apple is good for snacking, salads, and sauce-making, and stores well. October
McIntosh This is old, well-known variety, was discovered as a chance seedling by John McIntosh in 1811. Its deep red finish sometimes carries a green blush. Juicy, tangy tart McIntosh has a tender, white flesh. It is best used for snacking and applesauce, but some people enjoy its tart flavor in pies as well. Early September
Macoun Cross between a McIntosh and Jersey Black. A crisp and juicy dessert apple with a flavor similar to McIntosh. The flesh is greenish white. The skin is green with dark red stripes. The skin has a heavy bloom. A Carter Hill Orchard favorite. Mid September
Mutsu See Crispin. October
Paula Red Similar to McIntosh, but a little tarter, this is one of our earliest available varieties. Great for a late summer applesauce or pie. August
Pink Lady Sweet-tart and crisp, with a thin skin. It had a pink blush, good for eating,and a good all purpose apple for all your favorite recipes. 2014
Red Delicious Sweet, crispy, juicy apple varies in color from striped red to solid midnight red. Eastern-grown Delicious are more round. This apple is best eaten fresh or in salads. September
Snow Sweet Red on the outside and pure white on the inside, this apple is crispy, juicy, and sweet. Good for eating, salads, sauce-making, and it stores well. Late September
Summermac Just like the Paula Red, it belongs in the McIntosh family. Just a little tart, red in looks, and will be ready in August. Good for eating, applesauce. Can use in pies but just might want to add a few more 2014



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