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"Eating apples is good on so many levels. There's fiber in the skin that's really good for you. It helps with digestion and helps you absorb all the nutrients of everything you've eaten that day. Apples are a really good thing."
― Rebecca Romijn

The apple plant is known to have originated in Kazakhstan. From there, it spread to different parts of the world. Unlike the bigger apples of modern-day, a typical apple fruit is small enough to fit in the palm. History of this delicious fruit can be traced back to the Iron age.

This widely cultivated fruit is known to have more than 7,500 cultivars. Let us understand more about apple varieties and their uses through the following article.

Different Kinds of Apples

Red Delicious Apples
This apple variety has a deep-red color and thick skin. The apple skin is bitter in taste and its edible portion has a crispy texture. This popular cultivar is preferred over local varieties by farmers. Unlike the rounder varieties, the red delicious apples are thinner. It is best eaten when in the raw state. One shouldn't use this variety for baking.

Honey Crisp Apples
It is one of the different type of apples with a sweet taste and crispy in the edible portion. Farmers have started growing this variety from the 1990s. It is a cultivar produced by crossing the Macaun and Honeygold varieties. This apple finds its use in salads, baking, sauces, and many other dishes.

Granny Smith Apples
The sweetness and tartness of Granny Smith apples is well-balanced, which is one of their specialties. These green-colored apples are durable and retain their freshness throughout the shipping journey. It is possible to store this variety for about 6 months in cold storage. It is one of the different types of apples used for fresh-eating. Applesauce made from this type is considered to be very good.

Ambrosia Apples
In the British Columbia, Ambrosia is considered to be one of the popular kinds. Ambrosia was discovered in the 1990s' decade on a Cawston BC orchard. The perfumed aroma and honey sweet flavor of Ambrosia makes it one of the best for eating. Moreover, the cut slices of apples don't turn brown quickly. While cooking, Ambrosia apples require less amount of sugar due to the high content of natural sugar present in them.

Golden Delicious
The company called Stark Brothers named this apple variety. The Red Delicious Apple which is named by the same company is a little less sweeter than the Golden Delicious. Juicy flesh and crisp texture is one of the specialties of Golden Delicious. The Golden Delicious is rounder and fatter than the Red Delicious and considered to be good for snacking. As Golden Delicious has a firm texture, baking it becomes easy.

Swiss Gourmet Apples
Known by an alternative name Arlet, the Swiss Gourmet are good for fresh eating and also for different apple pie recipes. This apple is produced as a result of crossing between the Ida Red and Golden Delicious apples. These yellow-green apples are medium-large in size. The crispy edible part is creamy-white in color.

Spartan Apples
This variety is characterized by a white-crispy edible portion and a deep red-colored skin. The sweet tangy taste of this apple makes it a children's favorite. The juicy and crispy Spartan apples were developed in the 1920s in Summerland BC.

Empire Apples
The Empire Apple was produced in the 1960s from Red Delicious and McIntosh varieties. These apples have a green background color beneath the red. This variety is not only a fresh-eating fruit, but also considered as good for cooking, baking, freezing, and also in making sauces.

Names of different varieties other than those mentioned above are presented.

  • • Arkansas Black
  • • Ashmead's Kernel
  • • Austin Apple
  • • Bailey Sweet
  • • Blenheim
  • • Blue Pearmain
  • • Bramley's Seedling
  • • Braeburn
  • • Calville Blanc
  • • Chestnut Crab
  • • Connell Red
  • • Cortland
  • • Cox's Orange Pippin
  • • Cameo
  • • Chieftain
  • • Duchess
  • • Egremont Russet
  • • Egremont Russet
  • • Fortune
  • • Fireside
  • • Gala
  • • Golden Haralson
  • • Gravenstein
  • • Golden Russet
  • • Golden Earl
  • • Gold Rush
  • • Holstein
  • • Hazen
  • • Ida Red
  • • Jefferies
  • • Jonagold
  • • Jonathan
  • • Kandil Sinap
  • • Keepsake
  • • London Apple
  • • Maiden's Blush
  • • Mutsu
  • • Mollie's Delicious
  • • Malinda
  • • Margil
  • • Nectarapple
  • • Northwestern Greening
  • • Northfield Beauty
  • • Ozark Gold
  • • Pineapple
  • • Peck's Pleasant
  • • Prairie Spy
  • • Paula Red
  • • Pink Pearl
  • • Red Baron
  • • Red Rome
  • • Red Wealthy
  • • Regent
  • • Rambo
  • • Redfree
  • • Snow
  • • Sweet Sixteen
  • • Smokehouse
  • • Sponselli
  • • Sugar Shack
  • • Summer Rambo
  • • Scarlet O' Haralson
  • • Twenty Ounce
  • • Tiger Fuji
  • • Winesap
  • • Zabergau Reinette