Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the entire world (for good reason!) and there are hundreds of apple varieties out there. Read on to learn all about the apple varieties I’ve explored on our site!
94 Apple Varieties
The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station developed the Freedom Apple to be exceptionally hardy and disease resistant. For this reason, it is a beloved apple by both consumers and farmers!
The SweeTango Apple is very young on the apple varieties market—only since 2009. Few apple orchards have the very exclusive growing rights of this cross between the Honeycrisp and Zestar apples.
This originally French apple grows to a medium size, and is well known for its sweetness and aromatic fragrance. Ribston Pippin Apple have bear beautiful blossoms in the spring.
The Golden Russet Apple is an antique heirloom among the apple varieties praised for its sweet flavor, and valued for its perfect disposition to make apple juice and cider.
The Goldrush’s unique gold color comes from a complex cross of several different varieties of other apples. They’re enjoyed for the distinct spice to their taste.
6. Royal Gala
An offshoot of the Galla Apples we all know and love, the Royal Gala Apple was bred to carry a deeper red color. In fact, a Gall Apple can only be considered Royal if at least fifty percent of its skin is dark red.
7. Crimson Gold
Originally called the “Little Rosybloom,” the Crimson Gold Apple is small but packed with a wonderful taste and many different health benefits.
8. Black Oxford
Aside from its unusual dark color, Black Oxford Apples is popular among apple varieties in Maine, beloved for the hardiness and pest-resistance of its apple tree.
The Rhode Island Greening Apple isn’t named for its color, but rather for the surname of the tavern owner who discovered it in Middletown, RI, in the mid seventeenth century: Mr. Green.
Specifically developed to contain the best qualities of all apples, the Evercrisp Apple is sweet, crunchy, and great in any recipe. It’s specifically a Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) – 1 variety.
The Rubinette Apple has a Swis origin and was born from the attempt to create the best tasting apple yet. The man succeeded; Rubinette Apples have a wonderful, unique flavor.
Though not well known, the Annurca Apple grows in southern Italy and has ancient origins dating back to the Roman Empire. It’s known as the Queen of Apples.
13. Lady Alice
Lady Alice Apples have a coincidental origin story involving the accidental cross pollination of a Red Delicious Apple tree, but in recent years they have become wildly popular among apple varieties.
The great thing about the Fireside Apple is that it’s a great snack anywhere—not just by the fireside! They’re known for their sweet yet tangy taste, and traditional red blush color.
Originally from Canada, it’s no wonder that the Atlas Apple is so resistant to the winter cold. Their fruit is large, and the flesh is unusually pale compared to other apples, like Galas.
Smokehouse apples are one of the oldest heirloom apple varieties that we still grow today. They are now cultivated mostly in Lancaster, PA, which is also one of the top apple growing communities in all of America.
The Discover Apple was in fact discovered in England in 1949 and quickly gained popularity around the world because of its early harvesting season compared to other apple varieties.
The Lady Apple is one of the oldest apple varieties known to mankind, dating back to the Roman Empire, and appearing in written records of the French Renaissance
19. Blue Pearmain
The Blue Pearmain Apple is a good old run-of-the-mill apple among apple varieties that’s easy to grow yourself and great for eating fresh, baking, and pressing into cider.
20. Sleeping Beauty
This apple’s familiar name apparently stuck after consumers in California confused the fairy tales of sleeping beauty and snow white. It’s identifying factor is its fantastically bright red color.
21. York Imperial
Classified as an “antique apple” because its been around for almost two hundred years, the York Imperial Apple has a rich history and a unique shape.
The Winesap Apple is a winter fruit that dates back to the eighteenth century and was valued for its long shelf life. This heirloom apple is now a bit obscure but maintains its unique flavor.
23. Sops of Wine
This apple has an obscure name and an even more obscure beginning (experts aren’t sure if it originated in the nineteenth century, or hundreds of years earlier) but has been firmly classified as a culinary or cider apple nonetheless.
Though once a very popular apple variety, the Longfield Apples are now a rare find because of the Granny Smith’s wild success and relatively similar look and taste.
25. Winter Banana
The Winter Banana Apple has the unique element of tasting like an apple and a banana at the same time, in addition to growing yellow with just a bit of a red blush if exposed to enough sunlight.
Originally called Woodpecker Apples, Baldwin Apples are cherished for their resistant nature and long shelf life and tangy-sweet flavor.
27. Tompkins King
The Tompkins King Apple Tree is a plentiful apple producer of big, tasty fruit, and has the advantage of thriving in different growing regions.
28. Arkansas Black
Appropriately named after a county in Arkansas, the Arkansas Black Apple Tree is apparently best consumed not right off the tree, but after having spent a couple of months in the refrigerator, during which it will have sweetened even more.
Originally called Mutsu Apple, the Crispin Apple has a Japanese origin. Not only is the fruit values for its taste, but the Crispin Apple tree itself is also used as landscape decoration.
As mentioned above, the Mutsu Apple is now also called the Crispin Apple.
31. Pacific Rose
Resulting from the cross of Splendor and Gala Apples, the Pacific Rose Apple was first developed in New Zealand and was named after the ocean that surrounds it, and its recognizable rose coloring.
The Kanzi Apple is a new arrival in the American apple market. It arrived from Europe in 2014, and has quickly grown a reputation for a wonderful flavor.
33. Autumn Glory
Perhaps the Autumn Glory Apple derives its glory from the distinct flavor which reminds many consumers of cinnamon. Among apple varieties, this one is great for eating fresh and baking alike.
Yes another old apple variety, the Haralson Apple are beloved despite their short growing season because of their hardiness and the fact that their trees don’t take up a lot of space while still producing many apples.
Stayman Apples have been revered by bakers and chefs all over their world for their extraordinary culinary qualities. Stayman apple trees are very large.
Known for their unique yellow color, Opal Apples were accidentally created in Czechia, and are closely related to the Golden Delicious Apples.
The White Transparent Apple is the preferred among apple varieties to make apple sauce. Often called Yellow Transparent Apple in North America, the “transparent” part of its varying name is undoubtedly inspired by its luminescent skin.
38. Ein Shemer
Originally developed in an Israeli Kibbutz, the Ein Shemer Apple was introduced in America in 1967 and has is uniquely hot-weather resistant.
39. First Kiss
The First Kiss Apple can grow to become huge fruit (more than three inches in diameter!). First Kiss Apple growers must get a growing permit from the University of Minnesota to grow these self-pollinators.
Another young arrival in the US apple market, the SnowSweet Apple tree bears beautiful red fruit. It thrives in colder weather and is closely related to apple varieties like Fireside, Haralson, Honeygold, and more.
Another favorite sour green apple, the Pristine Apple was bred to be disease resistant in the nineties. They appear similar to Lodi apples and have yellow-whitish flesh.
The Honeygold Apple is a favorite for orchards in the north because of how well it withstands the cold. Resulting from a Haralson Apple and Golden Delicious Apple cross, the Honeygold Apple tree is also drought resistant.
The Rave Apple has an unusually early harvesting season (as early as July) and was developed in the University of Minnesota’s Apple breeding program, and took twenty years for the apple to be released to cultivars.
44. Grimes Golden
Though its genetic parentage hasn’t been completely confirmed yet, it is likely that a lot of popular apple varieties today descended from the Grimes apple, which is grown all over the USA.
Mainly grown in the southern states, the Lodi Apple has an early harvesting season, and the Lodi Apple Tree produced sweet flowers that attract all kinds of pollinators.
46. Northern Spy
No one is sure where this apple got its intriguing name. The Northern Spy Apple is mottled green and red-ish depending on the sun, and can survive well in gold geographical areas.
The Bramley Apple has perhaps one of the most well documented histories of all apple varieties. Originally from the UK, we even know where the very first tree was planted!
The Cameo Apple is a favorite among apple varieties of both consumers and growers. Known for its versatility and easy caring, it’s believed to have resulted from a natural cross of Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples.
As the official apple of Ohio, Melrose Apples are red and green, and usually grow to be large fruit. The Melrose Apple tree is easy to care for, but grows in particular geographical areas.
50. Wolf River
The Wolf River Apple is known for its culinary qualities, delicate taste, and big size. They’re named after the Wolf River, located in the Wisconsin valley they were first grown in.
51. Paula Red
Though the Paula Red Apple’s genetics are undocumented, it reminds consumers of the McIntosh Apple. Because its falls apart quickly, it is esteemed in baking recipes, and apple sauces.
This heirloom apple variety grows abundantly but has a shorter shelf life than other apple types, so get ready to consume it quickly!
53. Ginger Gold
The Ginger Gold Apple is popular among apple varieties and is easily found in most grocery stores around the nation. It developed naturally, and was discovered in Virginia.
54. Pink Pearl
The pink pearl apple has an unusual both external and internal appearance. Its skin and flesh have a rosy hue.
Originally from New Zealand, the Koru Apple didn’t arrive on American shores until 2013, and is now a popular apple variety in the USA.
As one of the most popular apple varieties in Belgium and certainly a top one in America, the Jonagold Apple is loved for its sweet flavor and satisfying consistency.
57. Black Diamond
This mysterious apple is a rare fruit and only grown in the Tibetan region of Nyingchi. Its skin is very dark, the apple tree is hard to grow, and little is known about its origin.
The Mac Apple isn’t just a wildly popular laptop—it’s a beloved among apple varieties, and its history dates back to the American Revolution.
59. Cosmic Crisp
The Cosmic Crisp Apple is exclusively grown by few commercial growers, and was developed in the Washington State University breeding program as a cross between Enterprise and Honeycrisp Apples.
The Wealthy Apple has a sweet-tart flavor and blushes red from the bottom of its fruit towards the stem. It’s a long lasting apple and has an early harvesting season.
The Pinova Apple has firm, juicy flesh that maintains its firmness even when cooked. It is grown throughout the USA and in Europe.
62. Newtown Pippin
This oddly named apple is one of America’s oldest apple varieties. Interestingly, its taste is best not fresh off the tree, but after storing for a few months.
Despite its complicated name, this apple is simply delicious. Its flesh is crisp and its color is a soft yellow.
Originally French, and eventually popular among apple varieties in the 1800s Quebec, the Snow Apple Tree is no longer as popular as it used to be. The tree’s branches grow very densely.
Pronounced “MacCowan,” this sweet-tart apple has a purplish blush and is beloved especially in New England,
Known as the Queen of Baking, Rome Apples are unfortunately susceptible to many plant diseases. It is named after Rome Township, Ohio, where it originated.
Enterprise Apples have a thick skin, and are wonderfully resistant to common apple tree diseases and are long lasting in cold storage.
68. Pixie Crunch
A favorite go-to snack for kids, Pixie Crunch Apples are small, sweet, and juicy.
Known for a flavor that reminds consumers of brown sugar, the Zestar Apple was developed by the University of Minnesota and carries a bunch of health benefits.
Available in dwarf, semi dwarf and standard sizes, the Liberty Apple was bred from McIntosh and Macoun Apples.
This heirloom variety is no longer as popular as it used to be, but has parented other favored apple varieties, like the Idared Apple.
Loved for their delicious flavor and small, convenient size, Rockit Apples are parents’ go-to for their kids’ snacks.
Also known as Tokyo Rose Apple, the Arkane Apple tree produced bountiful fruit early in the apple growing season.
The Dorsett Apple is one of the few apple varieties that grows well in tropical growing zones. It descended from a Golden Delicious Apple tree planted in Nassau, Bahamas.
75. Sweet Sixteen
This cold-loving apple has a unique flavor, but is credited for helping bring about more popular apple varieties, like the Honeycrisp Apple.
This dark red apple is the Canadian version of the more well known McIntosh Apple. It was developed at the Canadian Apple Research Station
Most at home in southern orchards and home gardens, the Anna Apple has a rosy color, and early harvest period, and thrives best in warm weather.
A crossbreed between Royal Gala and Braeburn Apples, the Envy Apple is currently only grown in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Washington State in United States.
Essentially boogie Fuji Apples, Kiku Apples are a club apple under trademark restriction, so it is unlikely that you’ll find them at your local nursery or grocery store.
With a taste that leans more towards tart than sweet, Empire Apples are one of the most popular apple varieties in the Western world.
Exclusively available to commercial growers, Jazz Apples resulted from a New Zealand botanist’s cross breeding of Braeburn and Gala Apples.
Snapdragons joined the American apple market in 2013. The “dragon” in its name comes from a unique spiciness that exists in this apple’s flavor.
Cortland Apples are less known for their aesthetic appearance than for their sweet and tart flavor, crisp texture, and how long they hold before browning.
A regular in supermarkets, Honeycrisp Apples are actually tough to grow because of how susceptible they are to heat and disease.
The Ambrosia Apple came about naturally in an orchard in British Columbia. Its sweet flavor likely made consumers think of the mythical nectar of Greek Gods, inspiring the apple’s name.
Originally from New Zealand, Braeburn Apples taste like cinnamon and nutmeg, and are now a top favorite apple in the United States.
87. Red Delicious
One of the most popular apple varieties in the entire world, Red Delicious Apples caught the world attention at fruit fairs, and was eventually commercialized by the Stark Brothers Nursery.
88. Granny Smith
Granny Smith Apples are hands down the most popular green apple variety. They are beloved for their iconic sour flavor, and are particularly well paired with caramel in sweets.
89. Golden Delicious
Because of their coveted sweet flavor and crisp texture, Golden Delicious Apples are the parent apple of more than thirty other apple varieties.
Known to be the sweetest apples in the world, Fuji Apples originated in Fujisaki, Japan. They are low in acidity and very high in sugar content.
Along with the Red Delicious, Gala Apples are one of the most popular apples in the US. They have a mottled pink and red skin, and a wonderful sweet-tart flavor.
McIntosh apples have been iconic since their discovery in the early nineteenth century. They appear as a good old fashion classic apple, and taste like one, too.
93. Pink Lady
“Pink Lady” is actually the brand of the Cripps Pink variety; it was developed in Australia, and thrives in hot climates.
Winter Apples are not a specific apple among apple varieties, but rather an umbrella term for any apples whose harvesting season is very late (thus usually during the winter!).
On my site you’ll see that I have a couple more apple posts not listed here—and that’s because those fruits are just called apples, but they’re not actually apple varieties! Here are the posts I’m referring to:
Don’t get them confused with real apples!
Now You Know 94 More Apple Varieties!
I hope this list of apple varieties has inspired you to set out to find your own favorite apple!
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