Apples

An apple for everyone's eye. And taste.

Keep your apples fresh and crisp Store your apples in the crisper section of your fridge. Apples stored near 32°F will last 8 - 10 times longer than apples stored at room temperature. Prevent bruising with gentle handling. Store apples away from foods with strong odours in perforated plastic bag. Avoid storing apples with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, lettuce, and spinach. Apples emit ethylene gas as they ripen, which aff-ects the storage life of these vegetables. Apples can improve the ripening process of bananas, kiwi,g peaches, plums, and pears. Just place unripe fruit in a paper bag with an apple to speed up the ripening process.  


Ambrosia

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Ambrosia means "Food of the Gods". Ambrosia is sweet, crisp, juicy and aromatic. Its flavour makes it an excellent apple for slicing. The colour is almost entirely red with a distinctive pink/red blush and faint broad stripes over a creamy white/yellow background.
Available from October to February.
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Cortland

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Cortland is a cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis. It has the tart-sweet flavour of Mcintosh and the firm white flesh of Ben Davis. The colour varies from a red stripe over a green to yellowish background to almost completely beet red.
Available from September to July.
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Crispin

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Crispin is a cross between Golden Delicious and Japanese Indo. Originally called Mutsu, Crispin is larger than the average apple. It is mildly sweet, very juicy and super crisp. Its colour ranges from golden yellow to pale green.
Available November to May.
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Empire

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Empire is a cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh. It improves on the flavour of Red Delicious, while storing longer than a McIntosh. The colour is red over a slight green background. The flesh is cream coloured, and very dense. It is well suited for long-term storage.
Available from October to June.
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Gala

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Gala has Cox Orange Pippin, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious in its family tree. It displays a striking bright red-yellow colour and has a mild, sweet flavour. The flesh is creamy yellow. Its thin skin makes it a favorite for kids.
Available from October to March.
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Ginger Gold

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Ginger Gold is a cross between Golden Delicious and Pippins. They are round with a smooth yellow skin and a red blush. It is a sweet, tangy and juicy apple, making it a preferred apple for eating and making applesauce.
Available from October to March.
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Golden Delicious

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Golden Delicious is a chance seedling, possibly of Grimes Golden. The colour ranges from a greenish yellow to a deep yellow with a red blush. The yellow, crisp and sweet flesh has made this one of the world's most popular eating apples.
Available October to June.
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Golden Russet

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Golden Russet parentage is unknown. It is almost completely covered with a fine yellow russetting. The flesh is fine and has a very distinctive flavour. The Golden Russett was popular before refrigeration, because it could be stored for quite sometime without softening.
Available from late October to February.
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Gravenstein

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Gravenstein is a very old variety of unknown parentage. The colour varies from a reddish stripe over a yellow background to almost a solid, bright red over a slight green background. The flesh is crisp, juicy and tart which sweetens over time.
Available from early September to November.
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Honeycrisp

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Honeycrisp is a cross between Macoun and Honeygold. The skin colour is mostly red over a yellow background. The apple is exceptionally crispy and juicy. The flavour ranges from mild and well balanced to strongly aromatic, depending on the maturity.
Available from October to March.
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Idared

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Idared is a cross between Wagner and Jonathan. The colour is an orange-red blush over a pale green background. The flesh is white, very firm and dense with a flavour similar to Wagner. It maintains its firmness and quality in storage into the summer.
Available from October to July.
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Jersey Mac

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Jersey Mac was developed in 1971 from numerous crosses of different varieties. It ripes in mid to late August and is superior to apples it was bred from. It has a bright red blush over a green background with white, sweet and very juicy flesh.
Available from late August to mid September.
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Jonagold

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Jonagold is a cross between Jonathan and Golden Delicious and is medium-large, round to oval in shape. The colour is predominately a red blush over a bright yellow background. The flesh is dense, crisp and juicy with superb flavour.
Available from early October to June.
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McIntosh

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McIntosh originated as a wild seedling transplanted by John McIntosh. One of its parents was probably Fameuse or Snow Apple. It ranges in colour from a red stripe over a green background to almost completely dark red. The flesh is white, crisp and tart-sweet.
Available from September to July.
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Northern Spy

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Northern Spy, or simply Spy, comes from a chance seedling, possibly with Wagner as one parent. The colour ranges from brilliant green with a red stripe to almost completely red. The flesh is yellowish, very fine and juicy with an aromatic flavour.
Available from early October to July.
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Paulared

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Paulared was developed in 1967 with unknown parentage but probably with Cortland as one parent. It has bright red blush over a green background. The flesh is white, tart and very crisp. Paulared are at their best in early season.
Available from early September to mid October.
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Red Delicious

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Red Delicious comes from a chance seedling of unknown parentage. They are known for their distinctive lobes or "bumps" on the bottom and are almost 100% red. The flesh is greenish-cream, dense, crisp and juicy. Red Delicious is a favourite for eating fresh.
Available from late October to July.
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Sonya

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Sonya is a cross between a Gala and Red Delicious apple resulting in an apple that is exceptionally sweet with the flavour of raw sugar cane. The firm texture of Sonya has no trace of acidity. Sonya apples are easy to handle and store and have exceptional shelf life - making it a great tasting apple to enjoy right off the tree and into the winter!
Available November to May.
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Spartan

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Spartan is a cross between Mcintosh and Yellow Newton. The colour is a deep, solid red with a green background. The flesh is cream coloured, very firm, and fine textured. The flavour of this popular apple is very similar to Empire and Red Delicious.
Available from October to July.
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SweeTango®

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SweeTango® is a cross between a Honeycrisp (mum) and Zestar (dad), yet it delivers a satisfying crunch and its own unique flavour and tasting experience. The name SweeTango® was chosen to reflect the harmonious sweet and tart flavour combination you experience upon first bite.
Available September to December
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Zestar

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Zestar is a great early season variety. It matures into a bright red apple with some greenish yellow colouring with crisp, white flesh. Like its name suggests, it is zesty with a sweet and tangy - but slightly tart - taste
Available from September to October.
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