Best apple varieties for juicing and pressing

All apples can be juiced, but if you want press your own apple cider these varieties offer the best quality color and flavor.

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    Akane is an attractive early-season eating apple with a good pedigree and a sweet/sharp flavor.

    • Picking seasonEarly
    • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Arkansas Black is an unusual and attractive apple, used as a winter apple after maturing in a cold store.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A versatile English 17th century russet apple, Ashmead's Kernel is noted for its distinctive pear-like flavour.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Baldwin is an American heirloom apples, sweet and crisp for eating fresh or cooking.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillSome needed
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    A good quality hardy traditional New England apple which keeps well.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    One of the world's great cooking apples, Calville Blanc is a French variety with a spicy tangy flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesTraditional cooker
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Court Pendu Plant is a traditional French apple with a pronounced aromatic pear-drop flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group6
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    Cox is widely acknowledged as having the best flavour of any apple variety.

    • Picking seasonMid
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
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    CrimsonCrisp is a modern scab-resistant apple, with a very crisp flesh. It can be picked over a long-period.

    • Picking seasonMid
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    CrimsonTopaz is a modern scab-resistant variety from the Czech Republic, with a sweet-tart flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Cripps Pink is one of the best-known modern apple varieties, well-suited to the warmer apple-growing regions.

    • Picking seasonVery late
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    One of the most widely-planted McIntosh style apples, Empire has the Mac flavor but improves on it.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Fiesta is Cox-style apple, easy to grow, with a good aromatic flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A good quality German apple, notable for its characteristic pineapple flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    An unusual small apple with a distinctive sweet flavor, and exceptionally cold-hardy.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Golden Russet is an antique apple from New York, considered the best-flavored of American russets.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group2
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    A high quality apple, Grimes Golden is probably the parent of Golden Delicious, but with a richer flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A high-quality apple from Germany, noted for its good flavor and excellent juice.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A large yellow russeted apple with an excellent sweet flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    James Grieve is the classic Scottish cooking apple. It can also be eaten fresh, and is excellent for juice.

    • Picking seasonMid
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesDual purpose (eat + cook)
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Jonagold is a high quality American apple, with a good balanced sweet/sharp flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    This is a little-known Cox-style apple but with the potential for very good flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Kidd's Orange Red is one of the best Cox-style apples, aromatic, sweet, and easy to grow.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A popular Arkansas variety with a rich southern flavor.

    • Picking seasonVery late
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    An heirloom apple from New York state, primarily used for cooking.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A small highly flavored variety from France, where it is known as Api. Thought to be very old.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Liberty is a popular disease-resistant apple, large crops of bright red apples, similar to McIntosh.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group2
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    An 18th century French apple variety with an aromatic and complex flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A traditional versatile apple popular in the northern states of the USA. Also known as Macintosh.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group2
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    Mutsu (or Crispin) is a high quality apple from Japan, with a good flavor, and also sharp enough for cooking.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesDual purpose (eat + cook)
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    In use since the 18th century, Newtown Pippin is a versatile American apple with a good aromatic flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesTraditional cooker
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Northern Spy is a popular late-season American heirloom apple variety which stores well.

    • Picking seasonVery late
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesTraditional cooker
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group5
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    An improved form of Northern Spy, and an excellent all-round apple for northern areas.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
  • Apple trees

    • Picking seasonEarly
    • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillSome needed
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group1
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    A small English 18th century apple with a distinctive fruity pineapple-like flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    A modern self-fertile form of the renowned Cox's Orange Pippin, with arguably even better flavor.

    • Picking seasonMid
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillSome needed
    • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    An unusual apple / crab-apple cross, with distinctive red-flesh.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A traditional French sweet-flavored dual-purpose apple.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Roxbury Russet is probably the oldest apple variety originating from North America.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Not as well known as other russets, St. Edmund's Russet is nevertheless one of the best.

    • Picking seasonMid
    • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A large sweet-flavored crisp eating apple from Japan.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A very hardy north country apple, known both as the Snow Apple and Fameuse, and the probable parent of McIntosh.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group2
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    A good-tasting cross between Northern Spy and Golden Delicious.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Esopus Spitzenberg is one of the best-flavored American heirloom apples, and a favourite of Thomas Jefferson.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillSome needed
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    A high-quality late-season eating apple with plenty of interesting flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    An excellent late-season Cox-style aromatic apple.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Winesap is a popular southern heirloom apple, widely grown in Virginia in the 19th century.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Wolf River is the perfect cooking apple for the north - reliable, cold-hardy, disease resistant.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesCooking
    • UsesTraditional cooker
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillEasy
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Zabergau Reinette is a well-regarded russet apple from Germany with a strong well-balanced flavor.

    • Picking seasonLate
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • UsesEating fresh
    • UsesJuice
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3