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What’s Fresh: The best and worst apples for eating, cooking & baking

By Hilary Meyer, September 15, 2010 - 11:34am

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Hilary asks: What is your favorite apple?


Okay, call me old fashioned.... but for me? Golden Delicious is what I crave. Not the waxy, mealy, soft ones... but fresh from the orchard, crisp, slightly sweet/tangy ones I can only find this time of year...after that? nothing beats a Winter it should be!


09/19/2010 - 1:37am

I'm with you. Honey crisp are the very best for eating. I picked up the first of the just season today and am looking forward to having one for dinner. After they disappear from my local produce market for the season, I fall back to fujis.

I used to think red delicious, and their cousins golden delicious, were the exact opposite of delicious until I was traveling through rural Wisconsin a few falls ago and stopped by an orchard fruit stand where they had a wide variety of apples fresh off the trees, including the delicious varieties. The proprietor convinced me to give them a try, and I have to say that when they are just picked, they are actually pretty tasty, but they lose that oh so fast.


09/17/2010 - 10:08pm

I have never really enjoyed the good 'ole Red Delicious. As such, they are never in my shopping cart. I was surprised the other day when my daughter said "Mom... you never buy those really good apples, you know, the ones that are red that are always at school. Can you get those?" After a bit of trial and error we discovered that this is her favorite apple! I completely agree with your Granny/McIntosh combo... these are my go to apple pie apples!


09/17/2010 - 12:32pm

I love the Jonagold and Fuji for eating. I'm also a fan of the apple called Jazzapple. They're sweet and crispy. It's really great for children's lunchboxes and snacks because of the small size.


09/17/2010 - 11:02am

I love the Gala for eating, or baking, or making apple sauce. I use it a lot for apple crisp and bake it without removing the skin. I have my own trees and do not spray them.



09/17/2010 - 3:02am

Braeburn apples hands down! Just the right amount of crisp/tart/sweet.


09/16/2010 - 4:47pm

I love Red Delicious but only when they are first harvested. After a short while their texture is lost and I no longer enjoy them raw. I also love Granny smiths and the Honeycrisp. Generally any apple that is fragrant when I buy it is a favorite at the time.


09/16/2010 - 1:46pm

McIntosh are also great snacker apples. The juicy and crisp, but not too dense texture that I love. I also love Fuji for both snacking and sauces. But red delicious....their texture might be edible, but they taste like cardboard! The overproduced apple is practically subsidized at this point, decreasing many of the other varieties out there. No wonder kids don't eat their fruit in school...they're served under-ripe, cardboard-like, overwaxed red delicious apples!


09/15/2010 - 10:59pm

When I tasted Honey Crisp apples - the world opened up to me. When I shared some with my family they all became converts. WE LOVE Honey Crisp! Granny Smith & or Pink Lady for cooking - each has a place - each has a taste that is unique.


09/15/2010 - 6:21pm

I love the Pink Lady variety...It's excellent for snacking, juicing and holds it's own when baked


09/15/2010 - 1:56pm

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