Several Apple VarietiesCook Into Tastey Treats
There are several apple varieties that are better suited for baking, while others are prefect in homemade sauces and pies.
There is also something to be said about biting into one that's so crisp you can hear the freshness and so juicy it drips on your fingers.
Now that's a fresh apple!
Whether baking, frying, cooking, saucing, freeze drying, or eating raw, the fact is, there are so many apple varieties to choose from.
- Fuji - Medium size fruit that are usually tall and rectangular in shape. They're considered super sweet in taste, and have a yellowish-green skin color with reddish-pink stripes. They are an excellent choice for out-of-hand eating or for apple sauce. They are usually harvested in October and can normally be purchased through January.
- Granny Smith - Green in color, and extremely tart in taste. They're crisp in texture and juicy in flavor. They are an excellent choice for baking if paired with sweeter apples. They are most often harvested in late October and can be usually purchased year-round.
- Golden Delicious - Considered to be a classic fruit. It is usually a larger fruit with golden yellow color. It has a juicy, distinctively sweet flavor. They are an excellent choice for baking as it keeps its shape after baking. They're usually harvested in September and available all year.
- Red Delicious - Large, bright red, heart-shaped fruit. It is crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor. This fruit is not recommended for cooking. They are harvested in late September, early October and can normally be purchased year-round.
- Gala - Excellent fruit for fresh, out-of-hand eating, apple sauce, and pies. They are usually a yellow-orange color with reddish stripes. They're juicy, fine textured, with a mild flavor. They're harvested in late August and early September and are usually available all year.
- McIntosh - Deep red in color with green undertones. They are excellent for baking because they do not hold up to lengthy cooking. They are very juicy and flavorful. They're usually harvested in September and available all year.
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