Before, there were very few kinds of apple trees you could buy. But now, the wonders of genetic engineering enable you to choose among various types of apples. The following are the 5 most popular types of apples that you can try for your first apple tree.
1. Fuji Apple
First introduced in Japan, the Fuji apple has been around since 1962. Its skin is yellow-green with red streaks. Its pulp is white, firm, crunchy, delicious, and sweet. It ripens during mid-September but tastes best if left to mature fully until October or November. They grow early and in abundance and are good for pollinating other apples. The tree can stand wet, dry, or poor soil, although the quality of the soil is reflected by the fruit. The apples taste best when they are fresh but are also great for cooking.
2. Gala Apples
Gala apples are imported from New Zealand. Its skin is yellow with a slight hint of red. The fruit is medium-sized and the pulp is yellow, firm, crisp, juicy, and aromatic. They are one of the best tasting fresh apples you can grow. They grow quickly and bear fruit heavily. They can also stand wet, dry, and poor soil. The fruits ripen in late July. They’re not usually used for cooking simply because most prefer Fuji.
3. Braeburn Apples
These delicious apples have skin color that varies from gold with red streaks to almost entirely red. It was popularized during the late 1940s and introduced to the United States in the 1980s. It is imported from New Zealand and currently the bestselling apple in Germany. Its pulp is white, firm, crisp, juicy, smells great, sweet, but slightly tart. The size ranges from medium to large. The fruits ripen around October or November. This type of apple was met in the United States with great enthusiasm and is now one of the most popular apples in the world. They don’t become brown too quickly after being cut.
4. Red Delicious Apple
Its name almost says it all. The Red Delicious apple tree is very tall and large. Its fruit’s pulp is crispy, juicy, sweet, and delicious. This type of apple is grown all over the country and is recognizable by its distinct heart shape. First introduced in Peru, Iowa in 1874, it becomes ripe in mid- to late September. They taste best when eaten fresh off the tree and are great to put in salads.
5. Golden Delicious Apple
These apples are sweet and juicy. The skin is soft and thin, and the pulp is crisp, juicy, sweet, and mild. They keep their great taste and shape even when cooked or baked, and are thus great for cooking and for salads as well. The size varies from medium to large. Their shape is quite similar to that of the red delicious apple. They become ripe in late September. Even though they bruise quite easily, they are good for many purposes and can last a long time if handled carefully.