Apple Buyer's Guide

How to choose the best apples for cooking and eating.

Sweet, tangy, juicy and flavorful, the apple is nature’s perfect treat, especially when you’re lucky enough to pick them straight off the tree in the fall. Plus, you can feel good about eating them—apples are low in calories and are a good source of fiber, particularly the soluble kind linked with heart health. Apples are great for snacking, but they are also versatile in the kitchen.



Sweet tango is grown in very few orchards. Minnesota patented it. I have been told it costs $100,000 to get the ability to grow them. They learned their lesson with honeycrisp. Both of the, I have been told by orchard growers need to be grown in the North In cold climates...Wisconsin and above. Tango is not that sweet... has a very tart, tangy taste A complex apple. Best for eating but if you can afford it..good for pies.. Really a fab apple but expensive.k


10/04/2013 - 9:23am

For eating I find Fuji's #1 for flavor reliability


10/15/2011 - 5:15pm

I used to use Granny Smith apples for baking pies, but after trying the Mutsu for pies, I will never go back! Mutsus are PERFECT for pie!


10/07/2010 - 10:07am

Got to go with the Cortland here peeps... I can get 3/4 of a bushel here from my local grower for $4 and there huge. Also have a very nice shape/texture/color. The taste is very good either raw or cooked... best bet for "Jack of All" apples. 8-}



10/07/2010 - 9:39am

Good article!
We live in apple country.........upstate New York, and we pick our own @ several nearby orchards. I agree with Hilary........Honey Crisp are my favorite too, and such a shame they're around for such a short time! I go pick half a bushel and keeping in cool storage, they hold a long time - if you don't eat em up too quickly. I was alerted by a local apple grower that a new Honey Crisp "challenger" is currently on the market in limited supply........Sweet Tango. Haven't tried it yet but hope to soon!
My favorite apples for pies without a doubt are Idareds........very hard to find and very limited as well. Recently, I used Gala for a great muffin recipe and was very surprised at how good they are as well. I also think mixing up 2 or 3 different varieties makes a REALLY delicious pie.....I used Golden Delicious, Jonamacs, and Cortlands and the flavor was fabulous!
Apples are like people----they all have different personalities----experiment ;)


09/29/2010 - 7:18am

Crispin/Mutsu apples grow in nearby Ellijay, GA. and they are a wonderful apple. I just wish they were as available as Fuji apples year-round.


09/08/2009 - 11:30pm

I agree with Lara (Texas), Pink Lady is also my favorite. It is a great storing apple. The last apple variety picked in late Oct./early Nov., I get mine at the end of December(when the orchard I work at closes for the season). Stored in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator, they are still crisp and juicy in March!! Another great early variety is the Ginger Gold. Thanks for the other apple info!

Suzanne Kaluszka, Lebanon, CT


09/01/2009 - 2:29pm

Thank You for this helpful information.

Jeanette Martin, Bronx, NY


09/01/2009 - 2:29pm

I like the FUJI apples the best and for making pies Granny Smith wins me over.

R. Hamilton, KC, MO


09/01/2009 - 2:29pm

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