Variety Chart

Jack Brown is proud to bring you all these Michigan Apple varieties.

Braeburn

BRAEBURN - Developed in New Zealand in 1952
PLU – sm. 4101  lg. 4103
Flavor Profile: A rich, sweet-tart/spicy taste. Extremely juicy.
Description/Appearance: Color can vary from orange to red over a yellow background.
Parentage: Discovered as a chance seedling near Nelson, New Zealand. Its parentage is thought to have occurred when the Lady Hamilton and Granny Smith cross-pollinated.
Availability: Harvested in late October and available through June.
Usage: The sweet-tart flavor makes it excellent for eating fresh, while the high acidity makes it great for baking.

CAMEO- Developed in Dryden Washington in 1987
PLU – sm. 3065  lg. 3066
Flavor Profile: A very sweet up-front taste with a hint of tartness. Its crunchy texture makes it an excellent fresh eating apple.
Description/Appearance: Rich red stripping over a creamy orange background featuring its characteristic white lenticels.
Parentage: Discovered as a chance seedling and thought to be a cross between and Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.
Availability: Harvested in late October and available through April.
Usage:  One of the best overall desert or salad apples. Excellent when eaten fresh.

Cortland

CORTLAND - Developed in Geneva New York in 1898
PLU – sm. 4104  lg. 4106
Flavor Profile:  A juicy, sweet taste with a mild tartness.
Description/Appearance: Brilliant crimson red with a pale yellow background. A snow-white flesh.
Parentage: Cross between a McIntosh and Ben Davis.
Availability: Harvested in mid-September and available through November.
Usage: Its snow-white flesh is resistant to browning, which makes it an excellent apple for all salads and desserts.  Also, a great apple for grilling or just eating fresh.

Empire

EMPIRE – Developed in Geneva New York in 1966    
PLU – sm. 41241  lg. 4126    
Flavor Profile:  Very crisp blend of sweet and tart. Flesh is white and juicy.  
Description/Appearance: Almost pure red, mid-size with a white flesh. The Thome Empire, which is a new and improved high color strain, was found on one of our growers’ farms.
Parentage: Cross between a McIntosh and a Red Delicious.
Availability:  Harvested in mid-September and available through June.
Usage:  Excellent apple for both eating and baking. Ideal apple for child’s lunch box.

Fuji

FUJI – Developed in Japan in the 1930’s.    
PLU – sm. 4129  lg. 4131
Flavor Profile:  This variety is full of flavor! Very sweet and extremely juicy, this apple is a favorite for both fresh eating and fruit salads.
Description/Appearance: Varies from yellow-green with red highlights to very red with a cream- colored flesh.
Parentage: A cross between a Red Delicious and a Ralls Janet.  Introduced to the U.S. in the 1980’s.
Availability: Harvested in late-October and available through June.
Usage: Excellent for eating, salads and Baking.

Gala

GALA – Developed in New Zealand in the 1920’s
PLU – sm. 41321  lg. 4134
Flavor Profile:  Very aromatic and sweet with a crispy, firm texture.
Description/Appearance:  Orange/red stripes or sometimes blush over a creamy yellow background.
Parentage:  A result of a cross in New Zealand between a Golden Delicious and a Kidd’s Orange Red.  This popular apple made its way to the U.S. in the 1970s.
Availability:  Harvested in early-September and available through June.
Usage: This sweet apple is great for eating fresh or in salads.
Flavor Profile:  Mildly sweet with a tart finish and some hints of spice.

Ginger Gold

GINGER GOLD – Developed in Virginia in 1969
PLU – sm. 4097  lg. 4096
Description/Appearance:  Pale greenish/gold skin with a slight pinkish blush.  The flesh is crispy with a cream color that resists browning more than most varieties
Parentage:  A cross between a Golden Delicious and an Albemarle Pippin along with some other unknown variety.
Availability:  One of the earliest apples to be harvested beginning in mid-August and generally available through September this gets the Michigan apple harvest off to an exciting start.
Usage:  Great to enjoy as a snake eaten fresh or also a wonderful cooking/baking apple.

Golden DeliciousGOLDEN DELICIOUS – Discovered in Clay County, West Virginia in 1905
PLU – sm. 4136  lg. 4137
Flavor Profile:  Very sweet and gingery-smooth.
Description/Appearance:  Uniform shape.  Yellow, thin skin and attractive pink blush when cooler nights precede harvest.  
Parentage:  A chance seedling thought to be a cross between a Golden Reinette and a Grimes Golden.
Availability:  Harvested in mid-September and available through July.
Usage:  Excellent choice for pies, sauce and general baking.  Also, a great apple for eating fresh.
Honey CrispHONEYCRISP – Developed by the University of Minnesota in 1961
PLU – sm. 3283  lg. 3283
Flavor Profile:  Explosively crisp and juicy. Sweet with a mild tang.
Description/Appearance:  Brilliant scarlet red over a yellow/golden background.
Parentage: Developed by the University of Minnesota breeding program using a cross between a Macoun and a Honeygold.
Availability:  Mid-September through December.
Usage:  Excellent for snacking on and eating fresh. Also a great choice for salads and sauce.

Ida Red

IDA ARED – Developed in Moscow, Idaho in 1942
PLU – sm. 4140  lg. 4142
Flavor Profile:  Fragrantly sweet and tart.  The flesh is juicy with a pronounced flavor.
Description/Appearance: Generally a larger apple with a brilliant red skin over a white crisp flesh. The Marquis Ida Red, a redder strain was found on Thome Farms, a Jack Brown grower.
Parentage:  Developed by the Idaho Agricultural Experiment station from a cross between a Jonathan and Wagener.
Availability:  Early October through June.
Usage:  Excellent for cooking and baking because the texture holds up well. Also can be eaten fresh.

JonagoldJONAGOLD – Developed in Geneva, New York in 1968
PLU – sm. 4141  lg. 4146
Flavor Profile:  Aromatic and juicy with both sweet and tart ascents.
Description/Appearance:  Generally a larger apple with reddish-orange stripe/blush over a yellow-green background. Flesh is crisp and juicy with a creamy-yellowish color.
Parentage:  Developed by the New York State Agricultural Experiment station in Geneva, New York in 1968 using a cross between a Golden Delicious and Jonathan.
Availability:  Late September through May.
Usage:  Excellent for eating fresh and also great for salads and baking.


Jonamac

JONAMAC – Developed in Geneva, New York in 1944
PLU – sm. 4141  lg. 4143
Flavor Profile:  The rich flavor of the McIntosh and the spicy flavor of the Jonathan.  A combination of both sweet and tart.
Description/Appearance:  Medium size with a dark red over a green background. Flesh is a fine textured and white in color.
Parentage:  Officially named in 1972, this apple is a cross between a Jonathan and a McIntosh.
Availability:  Early September through January
Usage:  While being firmer than a McIntosh, this apple is an excellent choice for cooking, sauce or eating fresh.

Jonathan

JONATHAN – Discovered in Woodstock, New York in 1826
PLU – sm. 4148  lg. 4150
Flavor Profile:  Moderately tart with some hints of sweetness.
Description/Appearance:  Medium-sized with a deep-red blush over a green-yellow, background.  The Lucky Jon strain is a higher-color Jonathan found on Thome Orchards, a Jack Brown grower.      
Parentage:  A chance seedling related to the Esopus Spitzenburg apple.
Availability:  Harvest begins in mid-September and available through June.
Usage:  Good for eating fresh, sauces and cider.

Mcintosh

McINTOSH – Discovered in Ontario, Canada in 1811
PLU – sm. 4152  lg. 4019
Flavor Profile:  Sweet with a mildly tart/tang.  Flesh is a tender snow white.
Description/Appearance:  Crimson red with a green background.
Parentage:  Discovered as a chance seedling by John McIntosh in 1811.  It’s believed to have parentage to the Snow Apple also known as the Fameuse.
Availability: Harvest begins in early September and it’s available through June.
Usage:  Excellent fresh eating apple along with making applesauce also used in salads.

Paula Red

PAULA RED – Discovered in Sparta, Michigan in 1960
PLU – sm. 4155  lg. 4157
Flavor Profile:  A refreshing combination of both sweet and tart.  Flesh is a tender snow-white similar to a McIntosh.
Description/Appearance:  Brilliant red color over a green background with some yellow-tan spots.  
Parentage:  A natural mutation of the McIntosh, the Paula Red was discovered around 1960 by grower Lewis Arends in Sparta, Michigan.  Lewis Arends, also a grower of Jack Brown, named this variety after his wife Pauline.
Availability: Mid-August into October
Usage:  Great for both fresh eating and cooking.

Red Delicious

RED DELICIOUS – Discovered in Peru, Iowa in the 1870’s
PLU – sm. 4167  lg. 4168
Flavor Profile:  Aromatic with a juicy, mildly sweet flavor. A white, cream-colored crispy flesh.
Description/Appearance:  Medium to large in size with a deep bright-red-over-green background and an elongated shape.
Parentage:  Discovered by Jesse Hiatt in approximately 1875 as a chance seedling growing on his farm in Peru, Iowa.  In 1894, Stark Brothers Nursery purchased the rights and gave it the name Red Delicious.
Availability:  Harvest begins around mid-September and available through July.
Usage:  Great for snacking and eating fresh, also good for salads.

Rome

ROME – Discovered in Rome Township, Ohio in 1816
PLU – sm. 4169  lg. 4171
Flavor Profile:  Mildly sweet and semi-tart with a firm, white, sometimes slightly pink flesh.    
Description/Appearance:  Medium to large with a red glossy finish, thick skin and firm flesh.  
Parentage:  Discovered in 1816 as a chance seedling by Joel Gillet with parentage unknown.  
Availability: Late September through June
Usage:  Very well suited for baking because they maintain shape and cooking enhances the flavors.

Winesap

WINESAP - Discovered in what was believed New Jersey in 1817
PLU – sm. 4189  lg. 4191
Flavor Profile:  A combination of both a sweet and spicy-tart flavor.
Description/Appearance: Medium to large with a reddish blush flecked with light green and yellow.
Parentage:  Believed to be native to New Jersey while its direct parentage is unknown.
Availability:  Harvest begins in mid-October and available through March.
Usage:  Primarily known for strong cooking characteristics, it is also popular in cider and for fresh eating.