Georgia Apples: Harvest Dates and Characteristics of Georgia Apple Varieties

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Apple varieties in Georgia

Apple Variety Photo Earliest normal start to harvesting Flavor Best uses
Early McIntosh July 20 Tart Eating, cooking


August 1 Very sweet Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies
Ginger Gold

Ginger Gold.

August 1 Sweet Eating
Detroit Red

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August 1 Tart Cooking
Ozark Gold

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August 1 Tart Cooking
McIntosh August 10 Sweet/Tart Eating, cooking


August 15 Tart Cooking
Red Delicious August 15 Sweet Eating
Golden Delicious August 15 Sweet Cooking / Eating


August 20 Tart Cooking
Honey Crisp

August 20 Sweet Eating
Mutsu September 1 Sweet / Tart Cooking / Eating
Jonagold September 1 Sweet / Tart Cooking / Eating
Rome Beauty

September 15 Slightly Tart Cooking / Eating
Stayman - Wine sap September 15 Tart Cooking / Eating
Granny Smith October 5 Tart Cooking / Eating
Arkansas Black

October 10 Tart Baking, Eating (very hard apple)


October 15 Very sweet Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies, cooking

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October 20 Sweet Eating
Brae burn

October 20 Sweet Eating
Pink Lady

October 25 Sweet Eating

You may want to print this page and take it with you when you go to the orchards! be sure to see the links for the reviews, photos and additional information.

Where, When and More to Find an Apples in Georgia

Note: This page is NOT the Pick-Your-Own apple orchards page (although a couple on this page do PYO).  These are roadside stands and orchard markets. The PYO pages are here: North Georgia, Atlanta area and surrounding counties, Macon / Columbus area, Augusta area, Coastal Georgia area, Southern Georgia area

Also, see our pages on tips for picking apples at a farm, easy illustrated directions to make applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly and apple pie; and our guide to apple varieties!

Guide to Apple Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia

There are so many in the Ellijay area that I have put those all on their own page.

Other Apple Orchards in Georgia

See this page for apple orchards in other parts of Georgia .

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Picking Tips

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Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes

All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]

Home Canning Kits

This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids (and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!