Apple Varieties Chart

There are so many different varieties of apples in the world and different apples are best suited to different uses. Here are two charts to help you figure out which apples to use for what recipe.

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Varieties of Apples

There are 7,500 varieties of apple known in the world, with 2,500 different apples grown in the United States (100 varieties are grown commercially). Having so many choices makes it pretty tough to pick the right apple for the right job, so the apple varieties charts below are here to help you with the most common apple varieties that we see in our stores. 

 

How should I use THIS apple?

This first apple varieties chart (below) is to be used if you have picked up some apples and you wonder what they would be best suited for. Scroll down alphabetically to find your apple, then read across to learn more about its flavor, texture and best uses.

Chart listing apples and their flavor profile, texture and best uses.

 

 

What apple do I need?

This apple varieties chart below is to help you choose the right apple for whatever it is you are making – a salad, a pie, apple sauce, etc… For example, if you want to make apple sauce, you’ll see the best apples for the task marked with an “X” in the green apple sauce column. 

Chart listing apples and their best uses.

 

Picking the Right Apple

Using the right apple for the recipe is the first step on the road to success with your recipe. If you are making a savory braised dish with apples, like this apple cider glazed chicken or bratwurst with beer, apples and onions, you want an apple that can hold its shape and handle the heat. Use an apple that is too soft in texture, and you’ll end up with apple sauce instead of chunks of apple. If you are making an apple pie, you want to use an apple that matches your desired outcome. Some apples are sweet, some are tart and others are in between, so choose an apple that will give you the level of sweetness that you want in your pie. The right start for any apple recipe is picking the apple! 🍎🍏

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  1. Thank you for these very helpful charts. We drove up to North Georgia apple country this week to purchase apples and a pumpkin – they would have been handy then. 😉
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    Sheila

  2. My mother used Winesap for a delicious pie. I do not see them in stores, any longer. What choice would you suggest as a good substitute?

    1. Hi Carol. Winesap apples were more popular in the 50’s and are harder to find these days. Stayman or Pink Lady apples are the closest in flavor to Winesap apples.

  3. Thank you for the apple chart. I do have a problem with one of the apples listed.
    I have rarely used a McIntosh for eating. I find the “skin” aka peel to be tough. My grandmother used McIntosh apples for her pies or other baking. I do feel McIntosh should be listed in the baking column also. Thanks

    1. Hi Patricia. You can certainly use McIntosh for baking if you like an apple pie where the apples break down, which some people do like. I would put them in a pie with another apple that holds its shape a little more so there is some structure to your pie. The chart just specifies what the best use for the apple is, but doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other things.

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