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Turned off by bland, boring so-called "health foods"? Apples come in so many different varieties, there truly is a delicious apple flavor for everyone – not to mention for every day of the week!

You can enjoy apples and processed apple foods any time and in so many different ways that you'll never get tired of this health food, made for real life – your life! You can crunch, spoon or slurp your apples anywhere, anytime, from breakfast to bedtime and snacks in between.

 

Here is the ripening schedule of each apple variety offered by Hillside Orchard,
along with the best way to enjoy each one:

E = Excellent   |   VG = Very Good   |   G = Good   |   F = Fair   |   * = The apple holds its shape well

Approx. Ripening Date
Variety
Eat/Salad
Sauce
Baking
August 20th  Paula Red : semi-tart, crisp VG G G
 Wealthy : tart, semi-firm F G G
September 10th  McIntosh : semi-tart, all purpose VG E F
September 25th  Cortland : semi-tart, tender skin E G E
 Jonee : semi-tart, crisp, juicy E G G
October 1st  Jonathan : semi-tart, crisp E G E
 Red Delicious : sweet, very firm E - F
 Greening : tart, rather dry - E E*
October 10th  Empire : semi-sweet, crisp E E E
 Golden Delicious : sweet, juicy, semi-firm E E E*
 Regent : sweet, very firm E G E
October 15th  Winesap : semi-tart, spicy, firm E G E*
 Northern Spy : tart, firm, tender skin E E E*
 Mutsu : sweet, crisp, juicy E E E
 Melrose** : semi-sweet, crisp E E E
 Ida Red : tart, crisp G VG E
October 20th  Commander York : semi-tart, very hard E - G*
November 1st  Granny Smith : tart, very-firm E - E*

 

** The Melrose was developed at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster in the late 1940's. A cross between Red Delicious and Jonathan, this very popular sweet-tart apple grows better in the upper half of Ohio than anywhere else in the U.S.A.!! What a treat!

 

 

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