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25 Delicious Types of Red Apples and Their Uses

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You must have heard what an apple does to the doctor. But have you been told how red apples are used? Well, let’s talk about that then.

First, most certainly you know that apples come in red and green varieties. But did you know that the red apple is less tart than the green apple?

Also, albeit tastier, did you know that red apples contain fewer minerals, vitamins, and less fiber than green apples?

You probably know that red apples make excellent snacks as they are. But did you know that you can even do more with them?

You can cook with them and use them as garnishes, or you could use them in baking. You can also find red apples in salads, where they add crunchiness and scrumptiousness to the texture.

Besides being just red and green, apples can differ in many other ways. There are various types of red apples alone and each one has varying uses.

If you are curious to know more about this, read on. This article discusses 25 types of red apples and what they are used for.

25 Types of Red Apples & Their Uses

1. Fuji Apples

Raw organic red fuji apples on wooden table

Fuji apples are great flavor enhancers that originated from Japan. While they might have a mild flavor, they are used in dishes that require that extra flavor.

Fuji apples do not overpower the other ingredients when used to cook. Rather they synergize with them. They are used in salads, baking apple pies, beverages, and apple sauce.

2. Honeycrisp Apples

Ripe red honeycrisp apples

The Honeycrisp apple is a crispy red apple with juicy flesh. It has the right balance of sweet and tart flavors alongside a blush-red skin with green undertones.

The juice of the Honeycrisp apple makes a nice apple cider.

Since Honeycrisp apple flesh does not oxidize quickly, it also works well in a fruit salad.

This apple holds its shape and cooks nicely in savory dishes and desserts. It can also be pureed to make sauces.

3. Envy Apples

Red Envy apple in wooden basket

The Envy apple is a crisp, naturally delicious apple. It has a nice round shape and is colored ruby red.

Envy apples have tougher skins and flesh, so when you bite into them, you get a good crunch.

This variety is a cross between the Braeburn and the Royal Gala apple. They can be eaten raw, used for making salads, and baking.

4. Gala Apples

fresh Royal Red Gala apples

The Gala apple is a mildly sweet and crisp red apple. This apple is thinner and taller than other apples. It is colored light-red and has some yellow streaks – more than other red apples.

Despite the lack of intensity in its flavor, it can be used for cooking and baking. 

5. Baldwin Apples

Baldwin apples are firm, crisp, tangy-flavored, red heirloom apples.

Throughout the baking process, the Baldwin will maintain its shape, making it a good choice for baking dumplings and pies.

6. Cortland Apples

The Cortland apple is a sweet yet tart red apple. It is revered as one of the most versatile red apples in the orchard.

freshly picked cortland apples

Cortlands have a yellow-green color with crimson stripes and are best used for making purees and baking.

You may choose to caramelize it with onions, or you can bake wedges and brie on a pizza with it.

7. Cox’s Orange Pippin

Cox orange pippin

Cox’s Orange Pippin is a creamy, large red-orange apple with pale yellow flesh. It comes with an aromatic sharp, refreshing taste that is sweet like honey. 

The Cox’s Orange Pippin doesn’t last long, so it is best to eat it fresh.

Besides snacking on it, Cox’s Orange Pippin can also be used in the kitchen to bake or to make juices and hard cider.

8. Empire Apples

Empire apples on a tree branch

This apple variety is a cross between the Red Delicious and McIntosh apples. The Empire apple has thick, dark red skin, which gives it an overall firm texture.

Empire apples are both tart and sweet. When combined with Macouns and Spartans, they make a sweet sauce that can be frozen or canned. 

The white flesh of the Empire apple oxidizes slowly. This makes it ideal for making fruit plates and salads since its color remains clean long after cutting.

9. Hyslop Crabapple

hyslop crab apples in the apple orchard

The origin of the Hyslop crabapple is unknown, although it has been available since the mid-1800s.

The Hyslop crabapple has dark red skin with purple overtones. From a distance, one might even think it’s a plum.

The Hyslop crabapple has a tangy, astringent flavor, which is perfect for making jellies. Besides making jellies, it can also be spiced or pickled.

10. Macoun Apples

Macoun apples at an orchard

The Macoun apple is an aromatic, juicy, and extra-sweet red apple. This apple is a cross between the McIntosh and Arkansas Black apple.

Macouns are renowned as one of the best apples for baking in New England. It can be eaten raw or used to make applesauce and pie. It can also be used to balance out sharp cheddar flavors in cheese plates.

11. McIntosh Apples

Juicy McIntosh apple

The McIntosh is a tangy-sweet red apple and is regarded as Canada’s national apple. This apple has a white-flecked red and green skin with soft white flesh.

McIntosh apples have many applications. They can be eaten raw or used to make cider, pies, and apple sauce.

12. Spartan Apples

Spartan apples

This apple variety is crisp and has a bright red blush. It can be used in many ways, and is best in combinations. 

Combined with Macoun and Empire, the Spartan apple produces a delicious and sweet-tasting rose-colored applesauce.

13. Pazazz Apples

Pazazz Apples have red skin with yellow patches. They are sweet-flavored with a touch of tartness.

Pazazz apples are often compared to Honeycrisp apples in terms of flavor. You’ll find that they are used in making sweet, pureed sauces. 

14. Jazz Apples

Fresh Jazz Apple on wooden board

The Jazz apple has a sharp and fruity, tangy flavor, with a dense texture.

 As a result of their sweet and fruity flavor, Jazz apples have a range of applications.

They can be eaten as a snack, used in baking, or used in making salads, pies, beverages, and sauces.

15. Red Delicious

ripe red delicious apples on a tree

The Red Delicious is regarded as the world’s favorite snacking apple. This type of red apple is colored bright-red, and sometimes it can be striped.

The Red Delicious is crunchy with a mild but simple flavor. Due to the mild flavor of this apple, it does not stand out when cooked or baked.

Thus, it is best eaten raw as a snack. However, it can also be used to make salads.

16. Braeburn Apples

braeburn apples riping on the apple tree

This apple variety is native to New Zealand and can be difficult to find. It has a dim red skin similar to that of the Gala apple. It also has a firm and crisp texture. 

The Braeburn apple’s flavor has a balance of sweetness and tartness. This variety of apple can be eaten raw or used for baking.

17. Cameo Apples

Cameo apples isolated on white background

The Cameo apple has yellow skin with red streaks. It is thin and delicate and has dense flesh. 

It also has a citrusy flavor that is balanced with sweetness. The Cameo apple has several uses including, baking, making salads, snacks, apple sauce, and beverages. 

18. Gravenstein Apples

Pile of Gravenstein Apples

This apple variety is one of the top apples used to make apple sauce.

The flavor of Gravenstein apple is very tart with little sweetness. However, it can balance out the sugar in applesauce and the sweetness of a pie crust. 

19. Liberty Apple

red Liberty apples on a tree

Liberty apples have a deep-red maroon skin. It has a sweet flavor with hints of melon and tartness. Liberty apples can be used for making sweet pie filling.

20. Winesap Apples

Winesap apples

This apple is more tart than other red apple varieties. Since they are not very sweet, the Winesap apples are the perfect apples for making cider.

21. Lady Alice Apples

Lady Alice apples were discovered in Washington as a result of bee pollination. They have a small, stout appearance when compared to other varieties. 

Lady Alice apples have red skin with yellow stripes running from the stem to the butt. These apples have a sweet-tasting flavor with a unique tart finish.

Lady Alice apples can be used for baking, making salads, and making apple sauce.

22. Pink Lady Apples

Pink Lady apples growing on a tree

Pink Lady apples are the opposite of the Lady Alice apples. They taste tart at first but have a sweet finish. 

These apples need to meet specific sugar and acid criteria. If they do not, they are sold as Cripps in stores.

Pink Lady apples can be used for baking and making salads.

23. Kiku

Red Organic Kiku Apples

The Kiku Apple is an exotic, sweet-tasting juicy apple that originated in Italy. It can be used for baking, making salads, making apple sauce, and making beverages.

25. Sugar Bee Apples

This apple variety is juicy with the perfect amount of sweetness. It has an aromatic flesh that snaps when you bite into it.

Sugar Bee Apples have an array of uses. Some of them include making salads, baking, and making beverages. 

25. Smitten

This variety of apple is a mixture of the Braeburn, Falstaff, Gala, and Fiesta varieties. It is sweet, juicy, and crunchy.

It has several uses, which include making salads, baking, and making beverages.


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