Royal Gala

Yellow-gold with attractive colorful highlights, Gala apple's pinkish-to-reddish-orange stripes are the usual identifying characteristics of this aromatic fruit that offers a juicy crunch and a sweet tangy flavor. Some Gala strains may be nearly solid red. This apple is considered to be one of the sweetest of all.

A superb dessert apple and excellent for fresh eating and baking, make pies, tarts, cobblers, sauces, cakes, quick breads, kuchen, cookies and muffins. Apple flavor and texture add dining pleasure in a variety of savory dishes. This attractive apple dresses up a fruit bowl centerpiece. Chilled slices make a perfect edible garnish. Sliced or cut apples stay white longer if put in a bowl of water containing two tablespoons of lemon juice. To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator. This apple stores well.


Cortland is a typical McIntosh style apple variety, and ranks about 12th in terms of US apple production.  However nearly all that production takes place in New York State, almost within sight of Cornell University where it was developed at the start of the 20th century.

Cortland is also widely grown across the border in Quebec and Ontario, and it has proven itself to be well-suited to the freezing temperatures experienced around the Great Lakes.

As with all McIntosh varieties, Cortland is at its best when eaten soon after being picked.

An interesting characteristic of Cortland is that the flesh does not go brown very rapidly after being cut.

More Varieties

The McIntosh apple was discovered here at Smyth’s Orchard.

The McIntosh style is typified by attractive dark red or (more often) crimson colours, and a crunchy bite, often with bright white flesh. The flavor is simple and direct, generally sweet but with refreshing acidity, and usually a hint of wine - often referred to as "vinous".  In general these apples keep reasonably well in store.

Honey Crisp
Honey Crisp
Honeycrisp, or Honey Crisp, is a modern apple variety, developed in the 1960s and introduced to the market in the 1990s - sometimes trademarked as Honeycrunch.

Honeycrisp is a medium-to-large sized apple, with a light green/yellow background largely covered with red-orange flush with strong hint of pink if grown in good sunlight. The skin may be flecked with occasional russet dots. The flesh is white, perhaps not quite as bright as a McIntosh style apple, but similarly crisp and not too dense.  The colour however can be quite variable.

The flavour is sweet with very little trace of acidity and little depth or complexity. There can also be a trace of pear-drop flavour. In a good example this is a juicy and instantly refreshing apple, in a less good example it will be simply sweet and bland (but still very nice).  As its name suggests this is genuinely a crisp / crunchy apple. However since the flesh is quite light, the crunch is surprisingly soft, nothing like the hard crisp crunch of a good Golden Delicious.