• About 2,500 known varieties of apples are grown in the United States. More than 7,500 are grown worldwide.

  • Nearly 100 varieties are grown commercially in the United States, but a total of 21 popular varieties account for over 90 percent of 1999 production

  • Apples are grown in every state in the continental United States and grown comercially in 36 of them. 

1. GingerGold

2. Jersey Mac

3. Paulared

4. Macoun

5. McIntosh

6. Gala

7. Cortland

8. Ida Red


9. Empire

10. Pippin

11. HoneyCrisp

12. Spartan

13. Fuji

14. Jongold

15. Eastern Red       Delicious

16. Golden Delicious

17. Rome

18. Liberty

19. Crispin (Mutsu)

20. Baldwin

21. Northern Spy


  • Buy apples that are bruise-free and firm to the touch. Bruised apples can decay quickly.

  • Handle apples gently to prevent bruising.

  • Store apples in the refrigerator. They will last up to 10 times longer if refrigerated than if left at room temperature.

  • Apples emit ethylene, a naturally-occuring gas that encourages ripening. Store apples in a plastic bag to prevent the from speeding the ripening of other produce items.

  • Apples absorb odors easily, so store them away from foods with strong odors.

  • Coat apple slices and dices in a mixture of 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts water to retard browning.

  • Unbruised apples, handled and stored well, have a storage life of 90 days, and often more!


Apple Facts

Handling & Storage Tips