WASHINGTON APPLE ORCHARDS

The fertile valleys and plateaus just east of the Cascade Mountains are not only beautiful — they’re ideal for growing some of the world’s favorite apples.

GROWING REGIONS

Washington has five main growing regions that follow the cool, rushing waters of the Columbia River and its tributaries.

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Okanogan

This is the northernmost growing region in Washington, with shorter growing days and cooler temperatures that produce excellent fruit.

Lake Chelan

Home to one of the deepest lakes in the world, the Chelan region has a unique temperate microclimate that produces truly exquisite apples.

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Wenatchee Valley

The true heart of Washington apple country. Waterfront orchards along the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers produce apples of every flavor and color.

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Columbia Basin

Ancient lava flows across this broad region left behind rich volcanic soil that helps our growers produce large, delicious apples.

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Yakima Valley

Surrounded by gently rolling mountains, the wide Yakima Valley uses irrigation to create an apple grower’s oasis. This is our largest growing region.

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This is apple country

Washington’s first apple orchard was planted in the 1820s — and 175,000 acres later, we’re still growing. We produce more apples than any other US state, thanks to nutrient-rich soil, arid climate, and our orchardists’ advanced growing techniques.

Watch: The life cycle of an apple tree, from planting to pollination to harvest and pruning.