Apple Varieties

Michigan has always been known as the ‚Äúvariety state.” From Acey Mac to Zestar, Michigan has no shortage of the many varieties that our customers desire. BelleHarvest currently markets 18 commercial varieties that our growers produce, with newer varieties on the way.

  • PAULA RED: Aug 24th

    PAULA RED: Aug 24th

    Don’t miss this late summer apple! Available only into October. Pleasingly tart flavor and good aroma. Great in back-to-school lunches, or early season baking. Discovered in Sparta, Michigan!

  • GINGERGOLD: Aug 27th

    GINGERGOLD: Aug 27th

    This sweet-spicy apple has a succulent texture and rich taste. A cross between the Golden Delicious and Albermarle Pippin, this early-season variety is best served fresh. Its mildly tart flavor definitely gets the Michigan autumn apple harvest off to an exciting start.

  • GALA: Sept 10th

    GALA: Sept 10th

    Talk about a great apple: Crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness. Michigan’s 3rd most popular apple for fresh eating or cooking. Looks great, smells sweet, eats like a dream!

  • McINTOSH: Sept 14th

    McINTOSH: Sept 14th

    Classic large, round apple for eating out of hand! Ultra-juicy white flesh, lightly tart flavor and excellent fresh apple aroma. A perky addition to salads. Excellent in applesauce and cider. Also used in pies.

  • HONEYCRISP: Sept 15th

    HONEYCRISP: Sept 15th

    This apple is hot! And mighty crisp. Combines unusual color and excellent sweet flavor with a great bite. Use it for fresh eating, fresh-cut slices or cut up in salads.

  • CORTLAND: Sept 24th

    CORTLAND: Sept 24th

    A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, used frequently in desserts. A descendent of the McIntosh, this variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor. Known for its white flesh and excellent flavor.

  • EMPIRE: Sept 28th

    EMPIRE: Sept 28th

    An excellent lunchbox apple or crunch snack! Sweet and tart at the same time. Use for fresh-cut slices, candy and caramel apples. Also used in baking. Texture remains very firm, a good storing apple. Popular in Great Britain.

  • JONATHAN: Sept 29th

    JONATHAN: Sept 29th

    Both pretty and popular! Used for fresh eating and cooking. Juicy flavor has a spicy tang that blends well with other apples. Michigan’s cooler climate produces superb Jonathans. Discovered in Woodstock, New York!

  • JONAGOLD: Oct 2nd

    JONAGOLD: Oct 2nd

    Make sure you try this one! Superbly crisp and juicy with shades of tart and sweet in each apple. Usually large and aromatic. Highly ranked by apple connoisseurs. Popular in Europe, but better from Michigan’s cooler climate.



    A gingery-smooth, sweet taste treat lies under a thin skin. The most popular yellow apple, Goldens may be eaten fresh or cut up in salads. Professional’s choice for applesauce or cider, baking pies and other desserts.

  • RED DELICIOUS: Oct 10th

    RED DELICIOUS: Oct 10th

    America’s most popular apple, known for the “five little bumps” on the bottom. Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste, yellowish flesh and crisp texture. Discovered over 100 years ago in Iowa.

  • IDA RED: Oct 13th

    IDA RED: Oct 13th

    Suits your every use! Eat fresh or for cooking. Taste is both tangy and tart. Flesh is white, crisp and juicy. Favored for sauces, pies and desserts. Texture holds up well when baked.

  • ROME: Oct 17th

    ROME: Oct 17th

    A big, round apple right out of storybooks! Romes have mild, sweet flavor. Most popular for baking because it holds flavor and shape well. A Southern favorite, although discovered in Ohio.

  • FUJI: Oct 18th

    FUJI: Oct 18th

    New to Michigan’s apple lineup, Fuji is Japan’s favorite apple for good reason! Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content. An incredibly good keeper, Fuji stays crisp for weeks!

  • BRAEBURN: Oct 24th

    BRAEBURN: Oct 24th

    Also new to Michigan’s apple lineup! Braeburns are known for their unique blend of sweet and tart flavor. Braeburn stores very well when chilled.