Growing seasons

Apples and pears are grown in all six Australian states and some varieties are available all year round thanks to cold storage.

Australian apples

Australia produces a large range of apples, but the top five most popular apples in Australia are: Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Cripps Pink (sold as Pink Lady®), Fuji and Gala. A few old favourites are still available including Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Braeburn and Cripps Red (sold as Sundowner™). Plus there are some new apples emerging on supermarket shelves that taste and look great including Jazz™, Bravo™, Kalei, Eve™, Modi™, Envy™, and Kanzi and Greenstar™.

Apples are grown in all states and picking begins in January with the early varieties including Gala and ends around May with the later varieties including Cripps Pink.

Australian pears

There are eight main types of pears that are grown in Australian: Beurré Bosc, Corella Forelle, Josephine de Malines, Packham’s Triumph, Red Anjou, Red Sensation , Williams’ Bon Chretien and Winter Nelis. Williams and Packhams are the most popular with many Williams being processed into canning fruit and Packhams mostly sold  fresh. Packham pears are also Australia’s most popular export pear.

Ninety per cent of Australia’s pears are grown in Victoria, with Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia also producing some pears. Pear pickings starts in January and they are on the market soon after.

apple varieties infographic 2018