Braeburn apples were discovered in 1952 as a chance seedling growing in O. Moran’s orchard in New Zealand. The parentage of Braeburn apples is unclear, but both Lady Hamilton and Granny Smith apples were growing on nearby trees.
The apple is named after Braeburn Orchard, where it was first commercially grown. Williams Brothers nursery cultivated the Braeburn apple variety and introduced it to Washington apple growers in the 1980s. Today, Braeburn is well-known as an all-purpose apple with a spicy-sweet flavor and crisp bite.
Exterior: Reddish tones on a yellow to light-green background
Interior: Pale cream to golden yellow color
Experience: Robust spicy-sweet flavor with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon
How To Use Braeburn Apples
This all-purpose apple is great for pies, salads, sauces, baking, freezing, and snacking.
When Can I Find Braeburn Apples
You’ll find Stemilt Braeburn apples in stores from mid-September until June each year.
Look For The Ladybug
Braeburn apples can be found under the Stemilt label, while organic Braeburn apples are sold under our Artisan Organics label.
Braeburn Apple Fun Facts
- One great thing about Braeburn apples is that they hold their shape and don’t release a lot of liquid when baked. A great apple for pies and tarts!
- Braeburn is a chance seedling. It was not bred intentionally, but appeared in nature. Chance seedlings rarely result in commercially viable fruits, but Braeburn was an exception!
- Stemilt harvests Braeburn apples in Washington State in September and October.
- Braeburn apples are one of the best keeping apples. Store them in your refrigerator to maximize shelf life.
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