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List of popular cooking apples

Apple varieties which have the acidity and textures needed for use in the kitchen.


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  • Akane

    Akane apple tree
    Akane is an attractive early-season eating apple with a good pedigree and a sweet/sharp flavor.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Almata

    Almata apple tree
    Almata is a red-fleshed apple, with an acidic flavor. The blossom is deep red.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 1
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Antonovka

    Antonovka apple tree
    Antonovka is one of the most cold-hardy of all apple varieties.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Arkansas Black

    Arkansas Black apple tree
    Arkansas Black is an unusual and attractive apple, used as a winter apple after maturing in a cold store.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Baldwin

    Baldwin apple tree
    Baldwin is an American heirloom apples, sweet and crisp for eating fresh or cooking.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Belle de Boskoop

    Belle de Boskoop apple tree
    A versatile and popular dual-purpose 19th century Dutch apple, still grown commercially in Europe.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Black Oxford

    Black Oxford apple tree
    A good quality hardy traditional New England apple which keeps well.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Blenheim Orange

    Blenheim Orange apple tree
    Blenheim Orange is a classic English dual-purpose apple, useful for dessert and cooking with.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Bonkers NY35

    Bonkers (NY35) is an interesting cross between Liberty and Delicious, with the best characteristics of both.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Bramley's Seedling

    Bramley's Seedling apple tree
    Bramley is the essential English cooking and sharp cider apple, famous for its rich tangy acidity.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Calville Blanc

    Calville Blanc apple tree
    One of the world's great cooking apples, Calville Blanc is a French variety with a spicy tangy flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Chieftain

    Chieftain apple tree
    A quietly popular apple, similar to Delicious but with a better and more complex flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cortland

    Cortland apple tree
    Developed from McIntosh, Cortland is one of the most widely-grown Mac-style apples.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Cox Queen

    Cox Queen apple tree
    A modern self-fertile form of the renowned Cox's Orange Pippin, with arguably even better flavor.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Cox's Orange Pippin

    Cox's Orange Pippin apple tree
    Cox is widely considered to have the best flavor of any dessert apple variety.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cripps Red

    Cripps Red is a late-season low-chill apple from Australia, with a crisp dense flesh and a good flavor.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Duchess of Oldenburg

    Duchess of Oldenburg apple tree
    An old culinary variety from Russia, popular in North America, and noted for its winter hardiness.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Enterprise

    Enterprise apple tree
    Enterprise is a modern American disease-resistant apple, good for eating fresh and cooking.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Freedom

    Freedom apple tree
    A modern disease-resistant apple variety, similar to McIntosh.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Golden Delicious

    Golden Delicious apple tree
    The flavor of home-grown Golden Delicious is far better than its supermarket reputation.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Golden Russet

    Golden Russet apple tree
    Golden Russet is an antique apple from New York, considered the best-flavored of American russets.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • GoldRush

    GoldRush apple tree
    GoldRush is a modern disease-resistant apple, like Golden Delicious but with a better tart/sweet balance. It is also one of the best new hard-cider varieties.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Granny Smith

    Granny Smith apple tree
    Granny Smith is the world-famous green apple from Australia, a good choice for warmer apple-growing regions.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gravenstein

    Gravenstein apple tree
    Gravenstein is a high-quality early-season eating and cooking apple, with an excellent strong apple flavor.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 1
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Grimes Golden

    Grimes Golden apple tree
    A high quality apple, Grimes Golden is probably the parent of Golden Delicious, but with a richer flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Haralson

    Haralson apple tree
    Haralson is a great all-round backyard apple variety, disease-resistant and cold-hardy.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Idared

    Idared apple tree
    A popular and versatile apple, especially good for juicing, and an exceptional keeper.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Isaac Newton's Tree

    Isaac Newton's Tree apple tree
    The old Engish variety known as Flower of Kent is the variety of apple tree the famous scientist sat under.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Jonagold

    Jonagold apple tree
    Jonagold is a high quality American apple, with a good balanced sweet/sharp flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Jonalicious

    Jonalicious apple tree
    An interesting cross of Red Delicious and Jonathan, for eating fresh or baking.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Jonathan

    Jonathan apple tree
    One of the best-flavored US apple varieties, a good choice for the backyard orchard.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • King David

    King David apple tree
    A popular Arkansas variety with a rich southern flavor.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • King of Tompkins County

    King of Tompkins County apple tree
    An heirloom apple from New York state, primarily used for cooking.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • McIntosh

    McIntosh apple tree
    A traditional versatile apple popular in the northern states of the USA. Also known as Macintosh.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Mutsu

    Mutsu apple tree
    Mutsu (or Crispin) is a high quality apple from Japan, with a good flavor, and also sharp enough for cooking.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Newtown Pippin

    Newtown Pippin apple tree
    In use since the 18th century, Newtown Pippin is a versatile American apple with a good aromatic flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Northern Spy

    Northern Spy apple tree
    Northern Spy is a popular late-season American heirloom apple variety which stores well.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Novaspy

    Novaspy apple tree
    An improved form of Northern Spy, and an excellent all-round apple for northern areas.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Orleans Reinette

    Orleans Reinette apple tree
    Orleans Reinette is a traditional French apple variety, and remains popular for its old-fashioned flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pink Pearl

    Pink Pearl apple tree
    Pink Pearl features bright pink flesh, and pink apple blossom.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 1
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Redfield

    Redfield apple tree
    An unusual apple / crab-apple cross, with distinctive red-flesh.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Regent

    Regent apple tree
    Regent is a large attractive late-season eating apple with a juicy crisp flesh and a sweet flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Reinette Clochard

    Reinette Clochard apple tree
    A traditional French sweet-flavored dual-purpose apple.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Rhode Island Greening

    Rhode Island Greening apple tree
    Rhode Island Greening is a well-regarded American heirloom variety, particularly good for cooking.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Ribston Pippin

    Ribston Pippin apple tree
    A handsome English apple from the 18th century.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Roxbury Russet

    Roxbury Russet apple tree
    Roxbury Russet is probably the oldest apple variety originating from North America.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Spitzenburg

    Spitzenburg apple tree
    Esopus Spitzenberg is one of the best-flavored American heirloom apples, and a favorite of Thomas Jefferson.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • State Fair

    State Fair apple tree
    State Fair is a bright red summer apple, with a juicy firm flesh and sweet/tart flavor.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Summer Rambo

    Summer Rambo apple tree
    Summer Rambo is a well-known summer apple, notable for its juiciness and pleasing flavors.
    • Picking season: Early
  • Sweet Sixteen

    Sweet Sixteen apple tree
    Sweet 16 is a sweet-flavored apple, with good cold hardiness.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Winesap

    Winesap apple tree
    Winesap is a popular southern heirloom apple, widely grown in Virginia in the 19th century.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Wolf River

    Wolf River apple tree
    Wolf River is the perfect cooking apple for the north - reliable, cold-hardy, disease resistant.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Yellow Transparent

    Yellow Transparent apple tree
    A traditional very early-season dual-purpose apple, which is also very winter-hardy.
    • Picking season: Very early
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile