Apple Varieties

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Our orchards are 100% certified « eco-responsible orchards » and adhering to the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) charter like 1600 other apple growers in France.

We are constantly investing to reduce the environmental footprint of our activities, since our origin. This commitment is visible through concrete actions in the orchards, in the packing stations, as well as through the use of innovate transportation mechanism such rail-road-sea to reduce our carbon footprint).

Mr François Richard, éco responsible grower, in the Loire Valley.

Our Key Varieties


How many apple varieties are out there ?

A compilation of the vast majority of literature describing apples seems to indicate that at least 2000 apple varieties (called cultivar) are in existence, known under 4181 synonyms ! In France, around 50 cultivars are grown for sale.

Since its origin, Pomanjou International has been recognized as a pioneer with the development of new apple varieties. Pomanjou International became the first company to develop Granny Smith and Royal Gala in Europe. Pomanjou is constantly looking to discover, develop and bring to market new apple varieties to satisfy and surprise apple lovers from around the world.

In 1998, Pomanjou International discovered the Honeycrunch® apple variety in Minnesota and signed an agreement to be the exclusive grower and marketer for continental Europe, South Africa, and New Zealand. This variety, which is a huge success in the US, is rapidly gaining traction in Europe – especially in France in Germany – with growing volumes every year.

Pomanjou International offers, in addition to many others, the following varieties:




The variety was discovered and developed by the University of Minnesota under the name Honeycrisp. Pomanjou International introduced it in Europe in the 90s. Sold since 2000, it rapidly took off thanks to its exceptional taste profile, and unique juicy qualities, which makes it thirst-quenching and very refreshing.

Today, Honeycrunch® is mainly grown in the Loire Valley, but it can also be found closed to the Pyrenees, and in Germany where the demand is strong for this apple.

Pomanjou International markets around 15 000 tons of Honeycrunch® on a yearly basis, with plans to increase this to 20 000 in 2020.

Honeycrunch® is by nature heavily resistant to pest and other diseases (i.e. scab resistant), meaning that it needs less attention to be grown. Its cultivation is then more environmentally friendly. All Honeycrunch® orchards are certified Global GAP, the worldwide reference in terms of agricultural practices.

HoneyCrunch® is an early variety that ripens amongst the first, meaning that it is picked early, the harvest starting in late August. It is amongst the first varieties you’ll find in your shelves every year !

For more information on HoneyCrunch®  click here.



A 100% French apple : the JOYA apple is grown in France in quality terroirs : in the South East, The South West, and the Loire Valley that gather well adapted soils and a maximal sun exposure.

The JOYA was first planted in the South East in 1997. Today, it represents roughly 260 hectares of orchards. It is a late variety that can consumed until fairly late in the season.

For more information on JOYA®, click here.


The organic apple Juliet is particularly resistant to pest and disease, which makes it the only apple solely grown following organic agriculture principles. It was introduced in 2001 in the South of France. Today, around 8000 tons of Juliet are harvested by a group of 110 apple growers.

For more information on the Juliet® apple, click here (english presentation here).


The Choupette® apple variety is a rustic variety, bi-colored, with a purple-red on its most colored face. Choupette® was born from research and development made by the INRA in Angers. 20 years of selection on over 15 000 seeds that were thoroughly put through their paces, were necessary to give birth to this apple variety.

It is produced from a cross of apple varieties highly resistant to scab (mushroom) as well as odium. This genetic legacy allows shrinking the amount of treatments by 4 to 5 necessary to grow the variety.

Choupette® is a unique variety in the way that it needs to mature in cold stores to develop its aroma before being eaten. It’s long conservation apple by nature, which can be consumed until very late in the season.

For more information on the Choupette® apple, click here.



Granny-Smith was developed in Australia in 1850. Today, it’s the third variety in terms of volume worldwide, and it can be found most production areas throughout the world. Acidity is predominant at harvest time, then balance between acidity and sugar will occur during storage. The fruit is slightly perfumed, with low sugar and higher acidity than others.

Always looking for the next innovation, Pomanjou was the first to introduce the variety in Europe in the 1960s.

Royal Gala

Royal Gala

This variety was created in New Zealand in the 1920s. It’s available from September to May. In France, it’s the second grown variety in terms of acreage after Golden Delicious.

This variety shows good tasting qualities, with good sugar levels, good sweetness, with low acidity and a good perfume.



Braeburn was unexpectedly found in the 1950s in New Zealand. It rapidly gained popularity thanks its ease of production : the apple trees are quickly growing apples, and in large volumes.

Braeburn has a dense flesh, and is a very crispy fruit.

Golden Delicious


Golden is a green-yellow to yellow-golden fruit than can sometime show a pink blush on the skin on trees that are strongly exposed to the sun. It has a mild and sweet flavour, with good sugar level, and mild acidity. Apple trees productivity is very good, but it can be very sensible to scab depending on the soils.


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