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Apple Availability and Varieties

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Sunrise Orchards is pleased to grow 21 different varieties of apples throughout the season. Our apples are grown for eating fresh, baking, freezing, or canning. With 21 apple varieties, there's something for everyone's taste!

Discover when our apple varieties are ready for sale, sold out, and their best use, in this handy chart for up-to-date information.

Recipes and nutritional information are also available for you.

When planning a trip to the orchard for a specific variety of apples, it is always best to call ahead to make sure they are available.

Even though we have a chart below and in our newsletter showing approximate harvest dates, the weather can play a very important part as to when the apples are picked. It's always best to call ahead to make sure.

We frequently offer number 2 grade apples on many of our varieties. We cannot however guarantee the availability of this grade each day. We don't recommend coming to the orchard to buy number 2 grade apples on Mondays during our peak season (September 20-October 20). We always have a great supply of apple varieties but sometimes after a busy weekend our supply runs low.

Apple availability is updated often. We're anticipating a great year for apples here at Sunrise Orchards. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to serving you this season.

Varieties

Click on the Apple Name for more details.

Name Available Ripening Date Eating Pie Sauce Baking Freezing Jelly Salads Pickling
Dudley
Ripening Date: Mid August
Not Available Mid August
Zestar!
Ripening Date: Late August
Not Available Late August
Paulared
Ripening Date: Late August
Not Available Late August
Wealthy
Ripening Date: Early September
Not Available Early September
Royal Gala
Ripening Date: Early September
Not Available Early September
Jonamac
Ripening Date: Mid-September
Not Available Mid-September
McIntosh
Ripening Date: Mid-September
Not Available Mid-September
Cortland
Ripening Date: Mid-September
Not Available Mid-September
Honeycrisp
Ripening Date: Mid-September
Not Available Mid-September
Blondee
Ripening Date: Mid-September
Not Available Mid-September
Golden Supreme
Ripening Date: Late September
Not Available Late September
Name Available Ripening Date Eating Pie Sauce Baking Freezing Jelly Salads Pickling
Lura Red
Ripening Date: Late September
Not Available Late September
Fuji
Ripening Date: Late September
Not Available Late September
Empire
Ripening Date: Early October
Not Available Early October
Golden Delicious
Ripening Date: Early October
Not Available Early October
Wisconsin Red Delicious
Ripening Date: Early October
Not Available Early October
Ambrosia
Ripening Date: Early October
Not Available Early October
Jonagold
Ripening Date: Mid-October
Not Available Mid-October
Cameo
Ripening Date: Mid-October
Not Available Mid-October
Snow Sweet
Ripening Date: Mid-October
Not Available Mid-October
EverCrisp® 
Ripening Date: Late October
Not Available Late October
Sunrise Honeycrisp Apple Cider
Ripening Date: Mid September
Not Available Mid September
Sunrise Apple Cider
Ripening Date: August
Not Available August
Name Available Ripening Date Eating Pie Sauce Baking Freezing Jelly Salads Pickling

Dudley

Dudley

Ripening Date: Mid August

Uses

Pie, Sauce, Freezing, and Pickling

Zestar!

Zestar!

Ripening Date: Late August

Juicy. Crisp texture. Nice crunch when you bite into one. Zestar! was developed by the horticulturalists at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Horticultural Resource Center, at the University of Minnesota.  And yes, it does have an exlaimation mark in its name!

 

 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Jelly, and Pickling

Paulared

Paulared

Ripening Date: Late August

Sweet and tart eating and cooking apple. It's not too sweet, not too tart. Paulared is perfect for applesauce because it breaks down quickly.  Use in pies when combined with firmer varieties and thickener.  Dessert/Condiment/Savory Dishes 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, and Baking

Wealthy

Wealthy

Ripening Date: Early September

Wealthy is an Heirloom apple and a wonderful all-around apple.  They're mildly tart and very juicy.   Good for both eating out-of-hand, as well as cooking.  They make good drying apples.  Excellent dessert and multi-use apple.  Wealthy is particularly useful for pies, crisps and sauces, paired with nuts, raisins and classic apple spices sauce as cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, and Jelly

Royal Gala

Royal Gala

Ripening Date: Early September

Gala. A crisp, sweet apple with a mild flavor. The delicate flavor and texture of the Gala apple shines in fresh preparations. They are perfect for use in fruit, green and chopped salads. Add diced gala to fruit salsas and chutneys. Slice and add to burgers, paninis and crostini’s.


Their sweet flavor becomes milder when cooked making them perfect in baked preparations when paired with stronger flavored apples. The flavor of, winter squash, onions, pecans, turkey, curry, brie, cheddar and Swiss cheese complement Gala apples.  Galas' size, mellow flavor and thin skin make them a perfect choice for lunches and snacks for kids.

 

Uses

Eating, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, Jelly, and Salads

Jonamac

Jonamac

Ripening Date: Mid-September

It is great for snacking and cooking. A beautiful bright red apple that is very crisp and flavorful. It has a rich tart flavor and pinkish flesh that is great for snacking and a favorite apple for baking pies or making sauce.

Uses

Eating, Baking, Salads, and Pickling

McIntosh

McIntosh

Ripening Date: Mid-September

McIntosh can be used cooked, raw and in both sweet and savory preparations.  Add slices atop a pizza or tart, used chopped as a stuffing, or puree and add to a soup.  The flesh of the McIntosh apple is delicate and will breakdown when cooked.  Slow cook to make sauces and chutney.  Its flavors pair well with maple, pecans, celery, pork, blackberries, cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg and flavorful cheeses such as feta, gorgonzola and sharp cheddar.  We grow more McIntosh than any other apple variety at Sunrise. 

 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, Jelly, Salads, and Pickling

Cortland

Cortland

Ripening Date: Mid-September

Great all-purpose apple!  Cortland is juicy, crisp and have sweet-and-tart flavors.  Terrific baking apple for apple pies, cobblers, crisps, apple butter and apple sauce!  Delicious eaten fresh - salads, kabobs, fruit plates, garnishes, cheese plates.  Cortland apples don't brown and discolor quickly.  

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, Jelly, and Salads

Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp

Ripening Date: Mid-September

Honeycrisp apples crisp texture makes them shine in raw preparations; eating out-of-hand, diced and added to coleslaw and chopped salads; or sliced thin and added to sandwiches and burgers.  They maintain their sweet flavor even when cooked.  Try baked into a crisp or pie.  Remove the skin and slow cook slices to make applesauce, preserves and apple butter.  Honeycrisp apples are great for eating, pie, sauce, baking and freezing.  

 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, Jelly, Salads, and Pickling

Blondee

Blondee

Ripening Date: Mid-September

Good eaten fresh, out-of-hand; slow to turn brown. Retains their shape when baked, mixes nicely with tarter flavored apples in pies.  Crisp and crunchy; resistant to bruising.  Mild, sweet taste with almost no acidity.  Their flavor adds sweetness to applesauce when mixed with early season apples.  

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, and Pickling

Golden Supreme

Golden Supreme

Ripening Date: Late September

Golden Supreme Apples have a pale yellow skin, sometimes with a red blush.  As one of the mellow and sweet varieties, all-purpose Golden Supreme apples are great for eating out-of-hand, baking and salads.  Golden Supreme's are a popular apple with the great taste, texture and appearance.  They're a "must have" for any apple lover! Golden Supreme apples' crisp, pale yellow flesh resits browning, making it a good choice for salads and other dishes.  Being one of the sweeter apple varieties, you can reduce the amount of added sugar when making pies.  

 

 

 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, and Freezing

Lura Red

Lura Red

Ripening Date: Late September

Lura Red has a sweet tart flavor and is excellent cooked. This apple is great cooked or eaten fresh.  Great for blending in apple sauces and pies. 

 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, and Salads

Fuji

Fuji

Ripening Date: Late September

Fuji apples are super sweet with only a slight tartness, very juicy, extremely crisp, and ideal for snacking. Excellent for eating and salads.  Fuji applesauce needs little or no sugar.  Fuji apples can be roasted, baked, sautéed and boiled down into sauce. Add slices atop pizza or layer inside a quiche, or chop and slow cook chunks of Fuji apple to make jams, soups, and compotes. Their sweet flavor holds up when cooked as well; try added to baked desserts such as pies, strudels and crisps.

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, Jelly, and Salads

Empire

Empire

Ripening Date: Early October

Empire apples can be roasted, baked or sautéed. Their crisp flesh and sweet tart flavor make them perfect for fresh preparations such as chicken salad and coleslaw. They pair well with pumpkin, pear, sharp cheeses and warm spices such as ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sliced or cut apples stay white longer if put in a bowl of water containing two tablespoons of lemon juice. Their size and low susceptibility to bruising make them an excellent snacking apple and packing in a lunch box. 
 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, and Salads

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious

Ripening Date: Early October

Crisp, Sweet and Mello.  Golden Delicious apples have a tender golden skin; its flesh stays white after slicing, for longer than other apple varieties.  It's an all-purpose apple for snacking, salads, baking, freezing, sauces and more.   

Fresh raw apple slices may be added to green salads, fruit salads, or grain salads.  Golden Delicious apple also have the necessary acid content and stability for baking.  They can be baked into crisps, crumbles, tarts, cakes, galettes and breads.  Apple slices may also be cooked down into preserves and butters, or pureed into sauces and soups.  The Golden Delicious pairs well with savory items, such as onions, cabbages, pork, cheeses and strong herbs.  Add slices to top burgers and sandwiches.  This versatile apple can also be juiced or dried. 

One noteworthy fact: Golden Delicious apples are not related to Red Delicious apples.
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Uses

Eating, Pie, Baking, Freezing, Jelly, and Salads

Wisconsin Red Delicious

Wisconsin Red Delicious

Ripening Date: Early October

Red Delicious apples are best used in fresh preparations, as their flesh does not hold up well when cooked.  Add to green or fruit salads.  Use on sandwiches or burgers.  We don't recommend cooking with them because they fall apart.  

 

 

 

 

Uses

Eating and Salads

Ambrosia

Ambrosia

Ripening Date: Early October

Ambrosia apples will compliment both sweet and savory preparations.  Roast large slices with root vegetables or dice and add to polenta, couscous or rice. Ambrosia apples will add sweetness and moisture to cake, donuts and muffins.  They also hold their shape and flavor when cooked making them perfect for pies, tarts and baked apples.  Slow to brown when cut, they are perfect for use in raw preparations.  Slice thin and serve with sharp cheese, layer slices on top of a burger, or add to fresh salads. 

 

 

 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, Jelly, and Salads

Jonagold

Jonagold

Ripening Date: Mid-October

A popular dessert apple the Jonagold can be used in a variety of sweet preparations. Bake into pies, tarts, muffins and cakes. Hollow and stuff or cook whole and baste to make baked apples. Jonagold apples are perfect for use in sauces, preserves and jam. Their sweet-tart flavor will complement savory applications as well. Use in chopped and green salad, serve sautéed slices alongside pork or root vegetables or pair with robust cheeses on a sandwich, pizza or cheese board.

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, Jelly, and Salads

Cameo

Cameo

Ripening Date: Mid-October

Cameo apples can be used in both sweet and savory applications. Their resistance to browning when cut makes them a choice apple for use in fresh preparations such as on sandwiches, in salads, as an edible garnish or on cheese boards. Cameo's sweet flavor is enhanced in cooked preparations.

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Jelly, and Salads

Snow Sweet

Snow Sweet

Ripening Date: Mid-October

Can an apple taste sweet and almost buttery? Yes. The SnowSweet® Apple is deliciously sweet with a slight tart balance and rich overtones.  Great taste is definitely the best feature of SnowSweet®.  They are slow to brown and can be prepared in advance for snacks and salads.  Very juicy, sweet and crisp. 


 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, and Salads

EverCrisp® 

Ripening Date: Late October

Welcome in our newest and favorite apple - the EverCrisp®!  It's firm, crunchy, sweet and juicy.  It combines the best of its parents Honeycrisp and Fuji apples.  It's a yummy apple that holds a powerful crunch.  Great for eating out of hand, in raw preparations and salads and excellent for baking.  

Its name EverCrisp® says it all... crisp for a long time.  Delicious in late October, yet stored in your refrigerator it gets even better in January and February.  Plus, it maintains its sweetness and firmness.   The perfect treat for a holiday celebration.  An ideal snack for a healthy New Year.  We think you'll agree it's a fantastic apple!

 

 

Uses

Eating, Pie, Sauce, Baking, Freezing, Salads, and Pickling

Sunrise Honeycrisp Apple Cider

Sunrise Honeycrisp Apple Cider

Ripening Date: Mid September


Sunrise Apple Cider

Sunrise Apple Cider

Ripening Date: August