A crisp, tart, very firm apple with an aromatic flavor. The flavor mellows the longer the apple is stored along with the degree of hardness. It becomes almost black after storage. This is a good apple for baking and cider making. Can be stored 4-5 months.
Believed to be a relative of the Golden and Red Delicious, this apple is crisp and juicy with the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Good for eating, baking, salads, and garnish since it is resistant to discoloration. Can be stored for 2-3 months.
A firm, crisp yellow apple with a sweet flavor. The more mature the apple, the sweeter the flavor. It is a good all-around apple. Cooks should reduce the amount of sugar when cooking with this variety. This is a great apple to use in salads and as garnishes since it is resistant to discoloration. Can be stored 2-3 months.
Illinois’ State apple! Developed by the Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois Co Op, this is a crisp, juicy apple with a good balance of sweet and tart, so named for its golden color and rush of flavor. It is a great apple that can be used for eating, sauces, baking, and cider. Keeps for at least 7 months if stored properly.
Pies/baking, applesauce, apple butter
This is a firm, crisp apple with a tart flavor and somewhat spicy. It is the offspring of Jonathan and McIntosh apples. It is a good apple for eating, cooking, and sauce, but tends to be mushy in baking. Can be stored 2-3 months.
An early season yellow apple that is perfect for applesauce due to its combination of juiciness and tartness. Refrigerate immediately and use them quickly! NOTE: This apple is sold unwashed to prevent bruising. Be sure to clean before using. Due to close similarity, Early Gold and Transparent apples are also often sold under this same name.
This apple was first bred at the Department of Horticulture at the Illinois Experiment Station in Urbana, Illinois. This is a juicy, crisp, fragrant apple that is good for pies and sauce. Can only be stored for a few weeks.
An early season, crisp, juicy, and sweet apple that has been described to have a brown sugar undertone. This is another good all-around apple for eating, sauce, baking, and juice. Has a 2-3 month storage life.