Apple Variety Guide
When you head to your local apple orchard or even a well-stocked grocery store, you’ll find all sorts of different and interesting apple varieties. Some are perfect for eating as is, while others lend themselves to baking, cooking and making applesauce with. Of course, some varieties store better than others. Here’s a quick overview of some of the more common varieties of apples.
Crispin’s are large apples with a yellow-green skin. With their sweet flavor, these crisp yet juicy apples are perfect for baking pies and making applesauce.
Empires are a cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious. This is a great apple that works for just about anything including baking. They are also delicious and freeze well.
Gala apples are great for eating and to make applesauce. Don’t try to bake with these apples because they tend to fall apart when you cook them.
Golden Delicious Apples
These apples keep their shape well during baking, making them perfect for pies. They are also delicious eating apples that store well.
Granny Smith Apples
This is one of the most popular apples around and for good reason. They are perfect for eating raw and hold up well in pies and crisps. You may want to add a little extra sugar or honey to balance out the tart flavor of these green apples.
This is a fairly new apple variety that’s crisp and juicy. As you bite into these apples you’ll notice a light honey flavor.
This is a very old apple variety. Idared’s keep their shape during baking and even freeze well. They’re perfect for baking and in applesauce.
These apples are a blend of Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples. They are best eaten fresh or used in applesauce.
This is another apple that’s best eaten fresh from the tree. They don’t hold up well for baking but make delicious applesauce.
Red Delicious Apples
Like the McIntosh apples, this is another variety that’s best used for eating.
This is a firm but sweet apple that holds up well in baking and makes a great addition to your applesauce as well.
Give these different apple varieties a try and find your own favorites for eating, storing, baking, and cooking. Of course, you can mix and match, particularly when you’re making pie fillings or applesauce.
Do you have a favorite variety of apples? What are your favorite ways to use them?!
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