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Not a fall season goes by without apples taking centre stage in our kitchens —in pies, sauces, crisps, salads, with pork—they’re everywhere! High in fibre and bursting with vitamins and minerals, they’re the snack of choice. Explore the many ways you can enjoy the bounty of our orchards!

How to pick

To choose the freshest apples, look for fruits with smooth, shiny, even skin and no spots. If you find the flesh soft to the touch, it means the apple has a floury/mealy texture!

How to store

Keep apples in a cool, dry, and ventilated place—and make sure there are no rotten apples in the bunch. One rotten apple can really spoil the rest! You can also store them in the fridge to keep them from ripening too fast. Avoid washing apples in advance as they won’t keep as long, and never store apples with onions or potatoes.

How to prepare

Both sweet and tart, apples are as versatile as they come! – For a delicious apple sauce, boil apples in a bit of water, brown sugar, lemon, and a dash of cinnamon, then purée in a blender. – For the perfect side to roast chicken, bake apple wedges along with your root vegetables and drizzle with oil. – For a quick apple pie, fill a store-bought pie crust with apple sauce, top with a layer of sliced apples, sprinkle with a few dabs of butter, and bake!  

Quebec apples



Crunchy, juicy, and full of flavour, McIntosh apples are delicious to bite into just as they are. They’re perfect for juices or apple sauce.  

AVAILABLE: Late September to July



The crunchiest of the bunch, Spartan apples are best eaten raw to savour their sweet and slightly tart taste.  

AVAILABLE: September to June



Crunchy, juicy, and very sweet with just a touch of tartness, Empire apples offer the perfect bite.  

AVAILABLE: October to June



Tender, sweet, and mildly tart, Cortland apples pair well with salty dishes and taste delicious in salads.  

AVAILABLE: October to June


With their firm yellow flesh, fine texture, and sweet and mild taste, Gala apples are delicious to bite into and excellent for desserts.  

AVAILABLE: Late September to April



Crunchy and juicy with a hint of honey, Honeycrisp apples are a joy to bite into and cook.  

AVAILABLE: October to April