Fresh NC Apples
From just 30 acres in 1979 to a present day acreage of 150, Apple Wedge Packers continues to renovate their high-density apple orchards, keeping an eye on production and labor efficiency. The varieties of apples grown at Apple Wedge are great for fresh eating or cooking!
|Apple Variety||Ripening Time||Flavor & Texture|
|Fuji Apples||October||Sweet / Firm|
|Gala Apples||Late August||Sweet / Semi-Firm|
|Ginger Gold||Mid August||Sweet / Semi-Firm|
|Golden Delicious Apples||Late August||Sweet / Semi-Firm|
|Jonagold Apples||Late August||Sweet-Tart / Semi-Firm|
|Jonathan Apples||Early September||Slightly Tart / Semi-Firm|
|Mutsu Apples||September||Sweet / Semi-Firm|
|Pink Lady||Mid October||Tangy / Sweet / Firm|
|Red Delicious Apples||Late August||Sweet / Semi-Firm|
|Rome Apples||September||Slightly Tart / Firm|
|Stayman Apples||October||Tart / Semi-Firm|
|York Apples||October||Semi-Tart / Firm|
Tray Pack Apples
Sizes shown are what we consistently pack and inventory. However, we will be happy to customize an order for you with advanced notice. RPC Containers and Euro Trays are available upon request.
|Variety||Tray Size||Grade||Approximate Starting Date|
|Gala||100,88,80||U.S. Fancy &
U.S. Extra Fancy
|Gingergold||125,113,100,88,80,72||U.S. Extra Fancy||August 18|
|Golden Delicious||125,113,100,88,80||U.S. Extra Fancy||September 5|
|Red Delicious||138,125,113,100,88,80||U.S. Fancy
U.S. Extra Fancy
|Jonagolds||88,80,72,64,56||U.S. Extra Fancy||September 12|
|Granny Smith||88,80,72||U.S. Extra Fancy||September 15|
|Rome||88,80,72,64,56||U.S. Extra Fancy||September 27|
|Fuji||88,80,72||U.S. Extra Fancy||October 25|
Apple Wedge Cider was established in 1995. We produce cider from August to mid-March. Look for our logo on cider in your local grocery stores. You will find our cider in gallons and 1/2 gallon jugs.
We bottle up to 10,000 gallons per week that we sell to large grocers and local retail outlets
One bushel of apples makes approximately 3 gallons of cider
At least 3 varieties of apples are used in our cider blend
We use a special tool called a refractometer which checks the apple’s sugar level to help us produce a sweet batch of cider every time!
Do you know the difference between apple cider and apple juice?
Cider is the blend of the juices of several varieties of apples. It is pure juice with no water or sugar added. The fresh juice is strained to remove large particles but very fine suspended particles of apples remain in the juice to give it its characteristic cloudy appearance and fresh flavor. Our cider requires refrigeration and will last 60 days with our flash pasteurization. Cider can be a year-round drink because it freezes so well.
Juice is a more finely filtered than cider. It is treated to remove more of the pectin and other suspended apple particles and to slow down the oxidation which produces a clearer, lighter juice. It is pasteurized and vacuumed sealed in order to preserve juice and keep it from fermenting.