BRAEBURN: Reddish with yellow to yellow-green highlights; wider at stem end; sweet yet tart. Eat as snack or slice into salads.
CORTLAND: Mottled red with greenish tinge near stem; round; slightly tart and tangy. Choose for salads because the cut fruit is slow to brown.
CRISPIN: Yellow with orange-red overtones; fairly round; crisp flavor with a touch of tartness. Select as all-purpose option.
EMPIRE: Red to red-yellow with golden flecks; round; a sweet, juicy cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh. Pick for snacking or cooking.
FUJI: Soft red with pink hues, yellow undertones; round; sweet, juicy. Use in any recipe.
GALA: Yellow with pale-red accents; slightly elongated; mild and sweet; Purchase for snacks or salads.
GOLDEN DELICIOUS: Pale yellow with hints of green; elongated; crisp, mild, sweet. Opt for it for anything you need.
GRANNY SMITH: Lime green (a paler color indicates somewhat sweeter fruit); slightly elongated; crisp, tart. Rely on these for any purpose.
JONAGOLD: Bright red with gold patches; slightly wider at stem end; crisp, juicy, sweet-tart. Bake into pies or desserts.
MCINTOSH: Deep red with small green-yellow shoulder; round, smallish; tender, juicy, aromatic, sweet. Tote these with you for portable snacks.
RED DELICIOUS: Deep red, almost magenta shade; long with bumps on ends; sweet, juicy. Go for these in snacks & salads.
ROMA: Deep solid red; perfectly round; crisp, somewhat tart. Buy for baking or for cooking.