June Apples


When I think of apples, I tend to think of the cold day in New England during the fall and the delicious recipes of apple butter, apple cider, and of course apple pie. I was shocked to see apples at the Farmers Market this past week. I asked my local Farmer, “What the heck, what’s with the apples” and they patiently explained to me that these were “June Apples.” This was the first time I had ever heard or seen such a thing. Apparently,  there are a few varieties that mature from June until August and they are considered “June” or “Summer Apples.”

But, before you get excited about sweet summer apples, there are a few things you should know:

  1. These early varieties are typically pretty tart and better for applesauce or baking with a little added sugar.
  2. Make sure to pick these up at your Farmers Market, you won’t find them in stores.
  3. They have a short shelf life and should be used within a week

Common Early Varieties:

  • Lodi - These small yellow apples, tart fruits make a tasty golden sauce but store very poorly.
  • Transparent - These apples may look like a golden delicious with their yellow/green colored but super tart and juicy.
  • Pristine - This golden apple is the sweetest of the early apples and is perfect for eating or baking.

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9 Responses to “June Apples”

  1. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat June 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    So I guess I shouldn’t have raised an eyebrow when I saw the green apples at the Franklin Farmer’s Market this morning! Your post was so timely!

    • Mary Crimmins June 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

      They can be good – I actually had one today at the Market from Delvin Farms and it was sweet enough to eat. However, one was enough. Perfect for applesauce though.

    • James Powell October 13, 2014 at 12:28 am #

      These green apples you are calling June Apples are not June Apples. June Apples turn Yellow in June. They are a sweet apple and are also a very tender apple. They taste fantastic and are very juicy. I will go check where I got them as a child to see if the tree is still there. If it is I will collect some of the apples to retrieve some seeds.

  2. Judy Bagsby June 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    We love June apples but can’t find anyone who has them. Can you tell me where I can purchase them? I used the last package from the freezer yesterday and desperately want to restock with a good supply. I live in middle Tennessee.

    • Mary Crimmins June 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

      Delvin Farms has them and they are at several farmers markets in town. You might want to contact them first and see if they will have anymore. Good luck!

  3. Pete Bozeman June 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    I am looking for June apple seeds to keep this apple tree growing for the future…… can any one please help me find seeds to grow…. please !!!!!!! :/

    • Monte Ogle July 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

      Pete, have you gotten any seed yet? I saved some seed this past week from a few apples I found at a local grocery store where someone had sold them some June apples. I found another bag at the same store today. Nothing as good as fried apples with a piece of ham or bacon and a hot butered home made biscuit.
      These apples freeze well also.

  4. Pam July 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    I have several varieties of apple trees we put in 5 years ago.. This is the first crop I have seen on them.. Will they produce their variety in the fall or are they all this June apple …

    • Mary Crimmins July 29, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Pam! Unfortunately, I’m really not sure about the crop you have. Are there any farmers in your area you can ask?

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