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.
Choose unbruised apples that feel firm and heavy in your hand.
Look for richly colored fruits with smooth skin and no signs of russeting—tan or brown streaky, corky, protruding marks that can be near the stem or base of the apple, caused by excessive wetness or fungus.