There are plenty of activities in the PNW that you can spend your fall weekends doing, but you have to make sure you plan an apple picking adventure at your local orchard.
When you arrive, you might be overwhelmed with how many different apples there are. Whether you want apples just to snack on, making apple pies, or for fresh apple cider, our Cutter and Buck team has put together a list that can help you decide what apples you are looking for, and when to plan on going.
Early Season Apple Picking
This variation of apples offers a sweet balance and breaking texture, and originated in Canada. This apple is a blend between a gala and a splendor apple, and you can store them for up to 6 months! Aurora apples are definitely worth picking next time you go to an apple orchard in the Pacific Northwest.
Gala apples are perfect for fall recipes such as a yummy fall salad, applesauce, and fresh apple cider. Gala apples are also delicious to eat right off the tree, and offer a crispy, mildly sweet taste.
Ginger Gold Apples
If you’re planning on making an apple pie for your fall weekend plans, we highly recommend grabbing some Ginger Gold apples when you go apple picking. This apple variation is perfect for your apple pie recipes.
Golden Delicious Apples
Golden Delicious apples are some of the most popular picks in grocery stores. You will easily find them in your local store and can enjoy their mild, sweet flavor as a snack with peanut butter. They are also great apples for baking fall treats, like cinnamon apple pie bread, and can be stored up to 11 months.
There is nothing like a big, crisp, juicy, Honeycrisp apple to get you in the fall spirit. These apples are available in the fall through early winter and are super versatile if you want to use them for cooking. Here at Cutter and Buck, we love using Honeycrisp apples for homemade apple cider.
Harvested in Washington State from September through January, Jonagold apples are a fan favorite. Jonagold are suggested to use for salads, juicing, hard cider, apple pie, apple crisp, apple streusel, or just enjoying on their own!
Mid Season Apple Picking
Granny Smith Apples
This classic green apple can be found in supermarkets and has a sharp taste, but is great for those who love tart treats. It's also one of the best apples for baking and perfect for peanut butter or caramel dipping.
Red Delicious Apples
This apple’s name is fitting to say the least. The Red Delicious apple is a classic, picture-perfect apple with a sweet taste. You can add them to your favorite savory dishes, we love slicing them to add to a salad, but are the best when eaten by themselves.
Late Season Apple Picking
Pink Lady Apples
Pink Lady apples are grown in the central region of Washington State, and give off a pinkish color so they will be sitting pretty in your fruit basket. Pink Ladies offer a refreshing taste that you won’t want to wait to bite into one on your way home from the orchard.
Fuji apples will satisfy your sweet tooth and are great for making fresh apple juice. They will end up being your go-to fall snack, and you can also add them to some of your favorite fall desserts.
Make sure you are wearing the best fall apparel to your apple picking adventure, and check out these Cutter and Buck puffer vests to keep you warm.
Features of these puffer vests for men and women include a 100% nylon shell, Primaloft Silver insulation plus they are wind and water resistant to protect you from all weather conditions while picking your favorite apples.