Here's your guide to Michigan apple harvest dates

Posted at 3:02 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 16:28:51-04

Michigan apples are a staple of the fall in the area, and now we're getting a look at when the apples will be ready for the season.

The MichiganAppleswebsite has released the harvest dates for more than a dozen apples in the state, with the earliest coming in late August, going through the end of October.

We're the third-largest producer of apples in the nation with more than 11.3 million apple trees on 35,500 acres of land across the state, according to the website.

Check out the list below.

  • Paula Red (first-available and eagerly awaited. Pleasingly tart) - August 22
  • Ginger Gold (Sweet-tasting with a hint of tartness) - August 23
  • Gala (A soft bite over mellow sweetness) - September 7
  • McIntosh (Juicy with a lightly-tart flavor) - September 8
  • Jonamac (Cross between McIntosh and Jonathan. Rich & spicy) - September 17
  • Honeycrisp (Sweet as honey with a crisp bite) - September 17
  • Golden Delicious (A gingery-smooth taste, known for its sweetness - September 21
  • Jonathan (A crisp, spicy tang that blends well) - September 21
  • Empire (Sweet yet tart flavor) - September 23
  • Cortland (Tender, juicy white flesh with a hint of tartness) - September 26
  • Jonagold (Michigan grows them best) - September 27
  • Red Delicious (America's most popular. Full-flavored sweetness) - September 29
  • Fuji (Crisp and sweet) - September 29
  • Rome (an old-time favorite, excellent for baking) - October 3
  • Ida Red (Tastes tangy and tart) - October 9
  • Braeburn (Firm apple with spicy-sweet flavor) - October 24