When is apple season?

When is apple season?

Apple season in New York lasts from July to November. Washington starts a month later and lasts also for five months and Michigan has a  shorter season, from mid-August till mid-November. If you like to get them locally, please follow the seasonality in the table.

Apple season chart

StateApples in season
Alabamamid-July till mid-October
Alaskamid-July till September
ArizonaAugust till December
ArkansasJuly till October
CaliforniaAugust till December
ColoradoJuly till November
Connecticutmid-July till December
DelawareJuly till November
GeorgiaJuly till Novemeber
IdahoJanuary till April and August till November
IllinoisJune till November
Indianamid-July till October
Iowamid-August till October
Kansasmid-July till November
KentuckyJuly till December
Louisianamid-June till September
MaineAugust till October
MarylandAugust till mid-November
MassachusettsJuly till October
Michiganmid-August till mid-November
MinnesotaSeptember till December
MississippiMay till mid-July
MontanaSeptember and October
NebraskaJuly till November
Nevadamid-august till October
New HampshireAugust till mid-October
New Jerseymid-July till October
New MexicoAugust till December
New YorkJuly till November
North Carolinamid-August till February
North DakotaAugust till October
OhioAugust till mid-November
OklahomaJuly till mid-October
OregonJanuary till December
PennsylvaniaJanuary till December
Rhode Islandmid-July till Novemebr
South CarolinaSeptember till December
South Dakotamid-August till November
TennesseeJuly till November
TexasJuly till November
UtahSeptember till November
VermontJuly till September
VirginiaJuly till April
WashingtonAugust till December
West VirginiaSeptember and October
Wisconsinmid-July till mid-October
WyomingJuly till October

You will never miss apples at your favorite store or grocer. However, this does not mean that they are picked all year round. Like other fruits and crops, apple season is when they are ripe and ready to be picked.

The apple season is usually from as early as mid-July to December. However, apple season may vary depending on the location because of climate, the cultivar grown, and weather each year. It might come as early as Labor Day or wait till mid-August. Our chat above shows the apple season in various states.

Different apple varieties are picked during other times than the peak season. For instance, you will find varieties such as Honeycrisp, Golden Supreme, Rave, Gala, Paula Red, McIntosh, Lodi and Ginger Gold in the early season. That is usually between August and early September.

From late September to early October, you will find varieties such as Golden Delicious, Ambrosia, Cortland, Jonagold, Jonathan, Swiss and Red Delicious in mid-season. Finally, you will most likely pick varieties such as Braeburn, Fuji, Winesap, Rome Beauty, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady in the late season.

Eating apples in season will give you the most fulfilling apple experience. Why is this? Apples sold out of season have been in cold storage facilities. The excessive cold makes these apples mealy and will more often than not lose crispness. In-season apples are fresh, full of flavor, crisp and juicy.

You can get the most out of your apples during the season: you can eat, bake, or include them in several recipes.

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