- One star (*) for apples that are very good, worth choosing
- Two (**) for apples that are excellent, worth seeking
- Three (***) for apples that are exceptional, worth a quest.
Apples with one star are very good choices of their kind worth selecting in season. Ratings are based on the best available examples.
Apples are rated based on their qualities eaten out of hand. Consequently this rating may fail to recognize even excellent cooking or cider apples if they are not good to eat.
One-star ratings seasonally reflect the best choices usually available when the apple is at peak.
► Show all 121 one-star apples
Ambrosia * American Beauty (Sterling) * Ananas Reinette * Arkansas Black * Awesome * Barnack Beauty * Black Oxford * Black Twig * Blue Pearmain * Braeburn * Brock * Burgundy * Chandler * Coromandel Red (Knottenbelt Red, Coradel) * Cornish Aromatic (Knottenbelt Red, Coradel) * Creston * Crimson Crisp * Dayton * Deacon Jones * Domine (Dominie) * Earliblaze * Early Macoun (NY 75414-1) * Early Spy (NY75423-30) * Elstar * Empire * Empress * Epicure * Enterprise * Envy (Scilate) * Eureka Canyon (Scilate) * Fameuse (Snow) * Fireside * Fortune * Galarina * Gingergold * Golden Delicious * Golden Supreme * Granite Beauty * Granny Smith * Gray Pearmain * Green Crisp * Hampshire * Holstein * Honeycrisp * Honeygold (Honey Gold) * Hubbardston Nonesuch (or Nonsuch) * Hudson's Golden Gem * Hunt Russet * Ida Red * Jazz * Jonafree * Jonagored (Jona-Go-Red) * Jonamac * Jonathan * Junami (Milwa, Diwa) * Kanzi * Katherine * King Luscious * Koru * Lady Apple (Api) * Lemonade * Lodi * Lucky Rose Golden * Maiden's Blush * Melrouge* * Milton * Mollie's Delicious * Monroe * Mother * Mutsu (Crispin, Mitsu) * NY 315 * Newtown Pippin (Newton Pippin) * Nodhead * Northern Spy * Novamac * Opal * Paula Red * Paw Paw * Peace Garden * Pink Lady (Cripps Pink) * Pink Parfait * Priscilla * Pristine * Puritan * Red Astrakhan * Red Canada * Resista * Rhode Island Greening * Rockit * Roxbury Russet * Rubinette * Rubyfrost * Sansa * Senator * Sister of Fortune (NY428) * Smitten * Smokehouse * Smoothee (Improved Golden Delicious) * Snow Sweet * Sommerfeld * Sops of Wine * Spartan * Spigold * Spymac * Stark * Starkey * Suntan * Swaar * Swiss Gourmet (Arlet) * Thome Empire * Tydeman's Early Worcester * Tydeman's Michaelmass Red (Michaelmass Red) * Tydeman's Early Worcester * Vanilla Pippin * Vista Bella * Waltana * Washington Royal (Palmer Greening) * Williams * York * Zabergau Reinette * Zestar
Apples with two stars are particularly excellent eating varieties that are worth seeking out in season.
Cooking or cider apples may not be recognized by this rating if they are not very good to eat. Ratings are based on apples at their peak.
These ratings are qualitative, not quantitative. A two-star apple is not twice as good as a one-star variety and there are no fractional stars or points.
► Show all 49 two-star apples
Allen's Everlasting ** Airlie Red Flesh (Hidden Rose) ** Baldwin ** Blushing Golden ** Chestnut Crabapple ** Claygate Pearmain ** Crimson Gold ** D'Arcy Spice ** Davey ** Esopus Spitzenberg ** Fiesta ** Gold Rush (Goldrush) ** Golden Russet Redux ** Gravenstein ** Grimes Golden ** Karmijn de Sonnaville (Karmine) ** King David ** Lady Alice ** Liberty ** Lyscom ** Maiden's Blush ** McIntosh ** Opalescent ** Orleans Reinette ** Ozark Gold ** Pacific Rose (Sciros) ** Piñata (Pinova, Sonata) ** Pomme Gris (Pomme Grise) ** Red Gravenstein ** Reinette Simirenko (Wood's Greening) ** Ribston Pippin ** Ruby Mac ** Star Song ** Stayman ** Summer Rambo (Rambour Franc) ** Suncrisp ** Sutton Beauty ** Sweet Sixteen ** Sweet Winter Pennock ** Sweetango (Sweet Tango, Minneiska) ** Tentation (Delbush) ** Tolman Sweet ** Topaz ** Wealthy ** Westfield Seek-No-Further ** Williams' Pride ** Winesap ** Winter Banana ** Yellow Transparent (White Transparent)
Three-stars are awarded to superlative eating apples that are worth an exceptional effort to find in season.
They are highly recommended.
Cooking or cider apples may not be recognized by this rating if they are not very good to eat, however outstanding they may be in their respective classes.
Ratings are based on apples at their peak.
► Show all 5 three-star apples
In addition to taste, texture, and color, stars may also be awarded based in small part on how well an apple represents apples of its type, how well it embodies particular qualities such as crispness or vinousness, its qualities as a keeper, and its significance in the history of cultivated apples.
I hope this system will help to organize a growing body of apple reviews and will encourage my readers to try something new.
Apples with no stars may be quite good. These ratings reflect my tastes first and foremost, but also recognize varieties that are superior exemplars of noteworthy qualities.
Your tastes, if different, are not consequently inferior. The only way to know what you like is to taste for yourself, and all apples are worth a bite.