Apples are an extraordinary fruit. They come in a wide range of varieties – each with different colours, flavours, sizes and uses. Here is a guide to make the best use of the autumn apples grown at Blush Lane Organic Orchard and neighbouring orchards.
What is the difference between summer apples and autumn apples?
Summer apples are ready earlier in the season and are harvested at the end of July to mid August. They make excellent snacking apples, or they can be cooked or preserved. Since summer apples do not store well, they are best if used or eaten right away. Autumn apples are harvested in September and October, and many varieties can be stored for months.
Autumn apple varieties available at Blush Lane
We love variety and grow many types of apple trees at the orchard, including varieties that everyone recognizes and some that are more rare. Here are some of the autumn apple varieties you’ll see this season at our Blush Lane locations in Calgary and Edmonton:
Early Autumn Apples:
- Gale Gala
Late Autumn Apples:
- Sweet Orin
- Granny Smith
- Pink Lady
Apple varieties to try
Here is a quick rundown of some popular varieties.
McIntosh apples are the first autumn apples to be harvested. They are crisp, tart and a treat to eat fresh. Since they don’t store as well as other autumn apples, McIntosh are best if enjoyed within a few weeks of purchase.
The next apples ready for harvest are Galas. These pretty apples are known for their sweet flavour and they are very popular. Shamrock apples are harvested next and are juicy and green. These apples look similar to Granny Smiths and have flavours like McIntosh apples.
Honeycrisps and Ambrosias are next to be harvested, followed by Granny Smiths. All of these varieties are excellent for long-term cold storage, and they are also a treat to be eaten right away. Honeycrisps have a sweet flavour with hints of pear, and Ambrosias have an orange and red flesh with flavours similar to Golden Delicious apples.
Sweet Orins may be a lesser known variety, but they remain a sweet and crispy apple long after harvesting. They have a yellow skin with orange and white speckles.
The last autumn apples harvested are Fujis and Pink Ladies, which usually are picked in October and can stay on the trees until the first big frost. Fujis were developed in Japan in the 1940s and feature a pink-speckled flesh. Pink Ladies are a recently developed apple, coming from Australia in the 1970s. Since they are harvested very late and can be stored for months, Pink Ladies make excellent cold storage apples.
Fresh apples all season
We will be delivering to our markets fresh BC apples from throughout autumn. Come in to try the freshest organic apples!