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 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.
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 are popular among apple varieties in Maine, beloved for their apple tree’s hardiness and pest resistance.
9. Rhode Island Greening
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 Swiss origin and was born in an 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. Still, in recent years they have become wildly popular among apple varieties.
Originally from Canada, it’s no wonder the Atlas Apple is resistant to the winter cold. Their fruit is large, and the flesh is unusually pale compared to other apples, like Galas.
The Discovery 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
The Sleeping Beauty Apple’s familiar name apparently stuck after consumers in California confused the fairy tales of sleeping beauty and snow white. Its identifying factor is its fantastically bright red color.
21. York Imperial
Classified as an “antique apple” because it has been around for almost two hundred years, the York Imperial Apple has a rich history and a unique shape.
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). However, it has been firmly classified as a culinary or cider apple nonetheless.
Though once a very popular apple variety, the Longfield Apples are now rare because of Granny Smith’s wild success and relatively similar look and taste.
Originally called Woodpecker Apples, Baldwin Apples are cherished for their resistant nature, 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 thrives in different growing regions.
31. Pacific Rose
Resulting of the cross of Splendor and Gala Apples, the Pacific Rose Apple was first developed in New Zealand. It 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 its 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.
Known for their unique yellow color, Opal Apples were accidentally created in Czechia, and are closely related to the Golden Delicious Apples.
38. Ein Shemer
Originally developed in an Israeli Kibbutz, the Ein Shemer Apple was introduced in America in 1967 and 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.
The Honeygold Apple is a favorite for orchards in the north because it withstands the cold well. Resulting of 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.
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!
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.
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.
57. Black Diamond
This mysterious apple is a rare fruit and is 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 beloved among apple varieties, and its history dates back to the American Revolution.
59. Cosmic Crisp
The Cosmic Crisp Apple is exclusively grown by a few commercial growers and was developed in the Washington State University breeding program as a cross between Enterprise and Honeycrisp Apples.
The Pinova Apple has firm, juicy flesh that maintains its firmness even when cooked. It is grown throughout the USA and in Europe.
63. Gorgeous Yellow Criterion
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.
68. Pixie Crunch
Pixie Crunch Apples are small, sweet, and juicy and are a favorite go-to snack for kids.
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 produces bountiful fruit early in the apple growing season.
This dark red apple is the Canadian version of the more well-known McIntosh Apple. It was developed at the Canadian Apple Research Station
A crossbreed between Royal Gala and Braeburn Apples, the Envy Apple is currently only grown in the United States in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Washington State.
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.
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.
A regular in supermarkets, Honeycrisp Apples are tough to grow because they are susceptible to heat and disease. Check Availability.
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! There is also the Winter Banana Antique Apple from StarkBrothers that we mentioned earlier.
Now You Know 94 More Apple Varieties!
I hope this list of apple varieties has inspired you to find your favorite apple!
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Margherita Bassi is a freelance writer, journalist, and editor. She grew up between the US and Europe, and nurtured her love for nature and the outdoors in both countries.
In the US, she went on dozens of RV trips with her family, scouted out the best restaurants in every city she visited, and learned how to grow herbs and veggies of all kinds by watching her mother.
In Europe, she experimented with gardening in small spaces, like the small balcony of her apartment in France. With an MA in International New Media Journalism, Margherita is also a skilled researcher in a wide range of topics, and has extensive experience interviewing both individuals and experts.