I don’t know about you, but this time of the year my partner Jill and I are completely overwhelmed by the number of apples that are at good produce departments. Jill just made carmel apples and wasn’t sure which kind of apple to get. So we thought we would do a little research and provide all you Chef Mamas with a list to help you out with your fresh eating or possibly backing needs. Hope this helps!
Empire: Sweet, tart & firm. One of our favorites and good for carmel apples
Gala: Very crisp with a “snappy bite” & sweet at the same time. Like best for right out of the fridge.
Golden Delicious: Kids like them cause they are yellow, sweet & has a thin skin. Eat fresh or use in pies or applesauce.
Granny Smith: A favorite of our kids, hard and tart with lots of juice. Great fresh dipped in peanut butter or carmel, great in salads & for cooking.
Jonagold: Pretty good, tart and sweet. Look good out on counter! Eat fresh.
Jonathan: Juicy with a “tang” that is sweet too. Great eating fresh and cooking.
McIntosh: An apple many buy, lightly tart and very juicy...good anyway you slice it!
Northern Spy: TART. Cooking is the main use, pies, applesauce, all other dishes.
Rome: mildly sweet, best for cooking, it holds the flavor and shape best. Stuffed apples.
Do a Family Taste-test
This is a great time of the year to take a road trip to your local apple orchard. Pick apples together and get as many different kinds as you can. Take them all home and do a family taste-test. Make a list and have each person pick their favorite. You can even blind fold to add more fun and excitement to this experiment. The kids will love it!