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Criterion Apples are an excellent eating apple, but they are also excellent for pies, salads and sauce. As often occurs, Criterion apples were a chance seedling. The cross between Winter Banana, Red and Gold Delicious apples produced a crisp and juicy apple with a barely tart twist.

Scientific Binomial Name: Malus domestica


Criterion apples are best known for eating fresh out of and, but they are also excellent for pies, salads & sauce. This apples is also excellent for drying.

Criterion apples are excellent for juicing and cider.


The Criterion has the distinctive shape of a Red Delicious, but has a bold yellow to red color combination.

Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. (Do not push with your thumb). It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.


Avoid product with soft or dark spots.

If the apple skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across it, the apple has probably been in cold storage too long or has not been kept cool.


To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator.

Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5°F.


Apples won't ripen further after being picked. Some apples will convert their starches into sugar after being picked, but this is known as "curing", and is best achieved by leaving fruit in the refrigerator - never sitting at room temperature.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.

  • Tips & Trivia
  • Rub cut apples with lemon juice to keep slices and wedges creamy white for hours.

    Store apples in a plastic bag in the refrigerator away from strong-odored foods such as cabbage or onions to prevent flavor transfer.

    The Criterion apple was discovered as a chance seedling in the late 1960's in an orchard near Parker, Washington. The Criterion apple is a cross between Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Winter Banana Apples.

    The history of apple consumption dates from Stone Age cultivation in areas we now know as Austria and Switzerland. In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.

    Folk hero Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) did indeed spread the cultivation of apples in the United States. He knew enough about apples, however, so that he did not distribute seeds, because apples do not grow true from seeds. Instead, he established nurseries in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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