In the past, there have been only a couple different kinds of apple trees that you could buy. Now, thanks to the wonders of genetic engineering, if you want to buy an apple tree you are able to choose between many different types of apples and flavours. Here are five different popular types of apples that you can consider for your first apple tree.
First introduced in Japan, the Fuji apple has been around since 1962. The Fuji apple has yellow-green skin with red streaks down the side.
The inside is delicious and sweet. It is white, firm, crunchy, and very flavourful. Becomes ripe in the middle of September, but tastes the best if it is left to fully mature until October or November. These apples will start growing early and grow in abundance. They are good for pollinating other apples.
The Fuji tree can tolerate wet, dry or poor soil – but the fruit quality will most likely reflect the quality of the soil. The apples always taste the best when they are fresh and are great for cooking.
Gala apples are a wonderful tasting import from New Zealand. The Gala apple has yellow skin with a slight hint of red and it is medium sized. The insides are yellow, very juicy, firm, crisp and smell excellent.
When they are fresh, they are one of the best tasting apples you can grow. They grow quickly, the trees bear heavily and the apples become ripe in late July. Generally they are not used for cooking – just because Fuji is a better alternative. The trees can grow in wet, dry and poor soil as well.
The delicious Brae Burn apples’ color varies from gold with red streaks to almost completely red. It was first popularized sometime in the late 1940’s. It was originally from New Zealand and is now the best selling apple in Germany.
The insides are white, crisp, aromatic, firm and juicy. They are sweet, but also slightly tart. The size varies from medium to large. They were introduced to the United States around 1980, met with great enthusiasm and are some of the most popular apples in the world. Generally they don’t become brown too quickly after being cut and become ripe around October or November.
As red as its name proclaims, the Red Delicious apple is very tall and large. The yellow insides are crisp, sweet, juicy, delicious and are great to put in salads.
They are usually recognized by their distinct heart shape and were first introduced in 1874 in Peru, Iowa. The apples become ripe in mid to late September and are usually best when they are fresh off the tree.
Golden Delicious apples have a great juicy flavour – the insides are firm, white, crisp and sweet. They are great for cooking because even when they are cooked or baked they keep their great taste and shape.
The skin is thin and soft and they are great for salads. Range in size from medium to large and are shaped much like the red delicious apple. The insides are crisp, juicy, sweet and mild. Many people enjoy them, although they bruise rather easily.
The apples become ripe in late September. They are good for many purposes and they last a long time if not handled roughly.