Apple and pear varieties

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.

For more consumer information please visit the Aussie Apples website or the Aussie Apples Facebook page.

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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.

For more consumer information please visit the Australian Pears website or the Australian Pears Facebook page.

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New varieties and brands

There are many new varieties of apples and pears that are in the pipeline that could offer new choices for customers and better returns for growers. In APAL’s Apple and Pear Variety Register we list 46 new apple and eight new pear varieties that are now in commercial production or still in a pre-commercialisation phase. The aim of the Register is to provide an independent overview of the varieties to help apple and pear growers become fully aware of the depth of what is on offer. The Register shows the basic information on each variety such as appearance, origin, harvest date, crosses as well as the current marketing arrangements in place.

The Register is a work-in-progress and we look forward to more information from growers, breeders and developers about other varieties that we can include here. Please contact us if you would like to provide an update.