Hailing from chance discovery in a New Zealand orchard in the 1950s, Braeburn is a newly-popular apple with lots of uses in the kitchen.
Its color is a stripey orange-red over a greenish background, and it has been noted as one of the first bi-colored apples to take hold in supermarkets. (Honeycrisp being another.) Bi-colored apples are finding favor because although their skins aren’t a vivacious red, consumers recognize their superior flavor and aroma.
Braeburn is crisp, firm apple with a rich, spicy-sweet flavor. Snack on it, or use it in baking, fresh salads or applesauce.
As one of the last apples harvested in Michigan, Braeburn is a long-storing apple under the right conditions.