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Nestled in the Foot Hills of the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains

 

 

Seven reasons to drive to North Georgia for apples.

 

Ellijay Apple Varieties

Below is a listing of the main varieties. Other varieties are available.

VARIETY

AVAILABLE

FLAVOR

BEST USE

Ginger Gold

Pristine

Swiss Gourmet

Early

Sweet

Eating

Ozark Gold

Jonathon

Detroit

Early

Tart

Cooking

Gala

Red Delicious

Gold Delicious

Early-Mid

Sweet

Eating

Empire

Early-Mid

Tart

Cooking

Honey Crisp

Gold Rush

Mid

Sweet

Eating

Jonagold

Mid

Sweet/Tart

Cooking/Eating

Mutsu

Mid-Late

Sweet/Tart

Cooking/Eating

Rome Beauty

Mid-Late

Slightly Tart

Cooking/Eating

Granny Smith

Winesap

Mid-Late

Tart

Cooking/Eating

Fuji

Late

Sweet

Cooking/Eating

Yates

Braeburn

Pink Lady

Late

Sweet

Eating

Arkansas Black

Late

Tart

Eating

 

In a celebration spanning the second and third weekends of each October, Ellijay observes its own Georgia Apple Festival, a truly appealing event that draws visitors from all over the country to the Georgia Mountains.

Absolutely the best. That's what you get when you pick Ellijay for apples. Nestled in the mighty Appalachian Mountains, Ellijay is the heart of Georgia's apple country, From late August to December, roadside stands abound with the tastiest, tree-ripened mountain apples available. And by buying direct from the growers, you are assured of getting better tasting, fresher, less expensive apples amidst some of the state's most breathtaking scenery.

 

JUICE

Take a bite of a ripe North Georgia apple with napkin in hand. Grocery store apples, fresh out of cold storage, can be up to a year old and mighty short on juice. Ellijay apples, grown in Georgia's Apple Capital, are the first new crop available in the country every year. The season begins in late August and runs through December.

 

TASTE

Cool mountain nights produce the best tasting, crispiest apples. A taste test held by the University of Georgia found that consumers overwhelmingly preferred Georgia apples over Washington state apples.

 

AROMA

Step inside any of the roadside stands listed below and you will get a jolt of sweet/tart aroma from hundreds of ripe apples, hand picked from orchards so recently that green leaves still cling to their stems.

 

CHOICES

You'll find all the familiar varieties like Red and Golden Delicious, but you'll also discover some not always available in many chain grocery stores, like Gala, Winesap and Mutsu.

 

EXTRAS

Where else can you find apple products like homemade apple butter, fried apple pies and old-fashioned cider pressed from apples?

 

MOUNTAINS

A drive for apples takes you into the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Plus, most of apple season coincides with a breathtaking display of autumn colors.

 

NUTRITION

Apples are high in dietary fiber, low in sodium and contain no cholesterol. A medium-sized apple contains only 80 calories. Because Ellijay apples take well to drying, frying, baking and stewing, they're delicious at any meal or as a snack.