The Red Delicious is the top-selling apple for snacking according to the Washington Apple Commission. Other popular varieties include Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Honeycrisp and Cripps Pink.
Red Delicious apples account for 30 percent of the Washington apple crop. Available year-round, they are prized for their crunchy texture and mildly sweet flavor. They are suitable for eating fresh and in salads but are not good choices for sauces, pies or baking and do not freeze well.
Mellow-flavored Golden Delicious apples are also available year-round and are suitable for any use. They are especially good in salads as their flesh keeps its color well. The Granny Smith is another all-purpose type but has a much tarter flavor and is a favorite for making pies.
Gala apples are available September through May. Their flesh is sweet with a pleasant aroma. They are popular for snacks and salads and do well when used in sauces. They don't freeze well.
Honeycrisp apples are available in the spring, fall and winter. Their sweet, slightly tart flavor and crisp flesh make Honeycrisps suitable as snacks and salad ingredients. They are also good in sauces and pies and bake well. They aren't good choices for freezing, but they have a long storage life.
The Cripps Pink or Pink Lady apple is available November to April. These apples have a unique tangy, tart but sweet flavor and crisp flesh. They are popular for snacking, salads, sauces and pies.