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

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 DELICIOUS

GOLDEN 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.

HONEYCRISP

HONEYCRISP

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 RED

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.

JONAGOLD

JONAGOLD

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.

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.