Apples come in many varieties, and some are more suitable for certain cooking tasks than others.

Differences in sweetness, tartness or tenderness can affect the outcome of recipes calling for apples.

Use this guide to choose the correct apple for the job.

Apple Characteristics Uses Availability
Acey Mac
Acey Mac
Juicy, sweet and tart Sauces, eat fresh. If using for a pie use a thickener since the flesh cooks quickly. September - June
Braeburn
Braeburn
Sweet. tangy, aromatic, juicy. Snacking, sauces, salads October - April
Cortland
Cortland
Sweet with a hint of tartness. Tender, white flesh Pies, baking, freezing. Eat raw and in salads. September - April
Empire
Empire
Very crisp, juicy, with a creamy white flesh. Taste is a blend of tart and sweet. Salads, snacking, sauces, pies, baking, general purpose September - August
Fortune
Fortune
Spicy and crisp Eat fresh, and use in pies and sauces. Combine with sweet apples for sauce. October - June
Fuji
Fuji
Very sweet, crisp and juicy. Sauces using these need little or no sugar. Snacking, salads, sauces. October - June
Gala
Gala
Mild and sweet. It's thin skin and mild flavor make it an ideal snack for kids. Eat raw and in salads September - June
Golden Delicious
Golden Delicious
 Mildly sweet, juicy. Pies made with these can cut down on the sugar. Snacking, baking, pies September - June
Granny Smith
Granny Smith
Crisp, juicy and very tart. Slices do not brown as quickly as other varieties. Salads, cooking, and snacking.  September - November
Honeycrisp apple
Honeycrisp
Sweet, but with a bit of tartness. Salads, snacking, baking, cooking. Late September through early October.
Jonagold
Jonagold
Juicy, with a honey-sweetness, and bit of tartness. Flesh is crisp and a bit creamy. Salads, sauces and baking. Fried apples October - May
McIntosh
McIntosh
Very juicy. Sweet and tangy. The flesh cooks quickly  Eat raw and use in sauces, salads and pies September - June
Red Delicious
Red Delicious
Sweet and juicy Eat raw, and in salads. October - September
Paula Red
Paula Red
Juicy and tart Eat raw, and use in sauces. August - October