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 Molly Delicious apples Apple Varieties II
mid season

October is the best month for fresh apples, with so many varieties coming in. Don't be afraid to try new varieties, as there are so many good ones, each with its own personality and distinctive qualities.

Don't miss Honeycrisp and Golden Supreme. These two new varieties are among the best eating apples ever grown.


  • Golden Supreme
    mid to late September
    Golden supreme is an open-pollinated seedling of Golden Delicious that is a little firmer, has smoother skin and is more highly-flavored than its parent. A true representative of the new wave of gourmet apples, it is scoring very high in taste tests.
 Golden Supreme

  • Honeycrisp
    late September
    One of the best fresh-eating apples ever developed, Honeycrisp is becoming so popular that supply can't keep up with demand. It has a crisp, firm texture and lots of juice. The flavor has a slight tartness combined with a sweet taste reminiscent of honey. Developed by the University of Minnesota and best suited to cool climates like ours in northern Michigan.
 Honeycrisp

  • Macoun
    late September
    Macoun has white, richly flavored and aromatic flesh. One of the best mid-season apples. This variety is another McIntosh offspring, and many consider it to be the best McIntosh type.
 Macoun

  • Spartan
    late September
    Spartan is a cross between McIntosh and Newtown Pippin. It is a beautiful dark red dessert apple. It is firmer and keeps better than McIntosh. Its aromatic flavor and juicy white flesh are reminiscent of McIntosh.
 Spartan

  • Cortland
    early October
    Large, high-quality apple favored for cooking, cider and fresh-eating. This attractive apple is deep, solid red with stripes and green dots. The flesh is remarkably white and very slow to brown, making it ideal for salads.
 Cortland

  • Cameo
    mid- October
    Cameo, originally introduced as "Carousel", originated as a chance seedling in Washington state. It may be an offspring of either Red or Golden Delicious, since it was discovered growing near a group of those two varieties. It is an excellent keeper, and the flavor sems to improve in storage. This moderately large apple is crisp and tangy.
 Cameo

  • Golden Delicious
    mid to late October
    A very sweet apple, it is one of the best fresh-eating varieties, and a favorite of many for cooking and baking. Golden Delicious originated as a chance seedling, perhaps of Grimes Golden near Bomont, West Virginia in the 1890's.
 Golden Delicious

  • Ida Red
    September 1
    Ida Red is a durable workhorse variety, hard and tart, and well adapted to extended storage. It is traditionally an all-purpose apple. Ida is a cross between Wagener and Jonathan. Its crisp, very firm, white flesh is tangy and juicy.
 Ida Red

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