Washington leads the nation in apple production--and has since the1920s. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, at elevations of 500 to 3,000 feet above sea level, the Columbia Basin area was first settled by pioneers at the turn of the nineteenth century. By the mid-1820s, these early settlers discovered that the area's rich, lava-ash soil and plentiful sunshine ceated near-perfect conditions for growing apples. At the heart of Washington apple country is the Wenatchee Valley. Premium Fruit's waterfront orchards embrace the region’s rushing rivers and nutrient-rich soils, producing crisp, delicious apples in every color and flavor.
Crisp and mildly sweet.
The Red Delicious apple is the most widely grown variety in the world. Red Delicious is a medium-sized apple, with a tall conical shape. The dark and intense crimson color makes it the quintessential red apple, and it is has strong shelf appeal.
While juicy, the Red Delicious is a soft apple and won't cook well, so it's best to eat them raw. They're also ideal snacks for the lunchbox.
AVAILABLE: YEAR ROUND
Crisp, sweet and mellow.
Sweet and mellow, this crisp apple has a tender golden skin, and its flesh stays white after slicing for longer than other apple varieties. Reach for a Golden Delicious as an all-purpose apple for snacking, salads, baking, freezing, sauces, and more.
AVAILABLE: SEPTEMBER - JULY
Bright-green skin, crisp bite, and tart taste.
Known for its delicious tart flavor and pleasing crunch, the Granny Smith apple’s popularity comes as no surprise. While some savor the tartness, others prefer to cook it, which sweetens it up. It is an ideal complement to savory foods such as onions and salty foods like cheese.
AVAILABLE: OCTOBER - JUNE
Crisp, sweet and juicy.
The Honeycrisp apple’s name says it all! Pleasantly crisp, sweet and juicy, this popular apple features a beautiful bright red skin mottled with pale green. Its complex flavor is subtly tart, and is a versatile ingredient for recipes ranging from sweet to savory. As a snack, Honeycrisp apples burst with juice with every bite, and they are also a delicious addition to salads, pies, sauces, and baked goods.
AVAILABLE: SEPTEMBER - APRIL
Crisp, sweet and aromatic.
This crisp, aromatically-sweet apple features pink-orange stripes atop a pretty yellow background. Delicious in salads, pies, and sauces, the Gala’s popularity is on the rise around the world.
AVAILABLE: SEPTEMBER - MAY
Crunch, super-sweet, and flavor-forward.
The Fuji has quickly become one of the most popular apple varieties in the country. It's a large crisp apple—a relative of the Red Delicious—with an intense sweetness that makes this an ideal candidate for eating raw.
AVAILBLE: OCTOBER - JUNE