I'm not so sure the "shiny skin" rule in the article can/should always be followed. Some of the non-organic apples are waxed by the stores to help them appear shiny. Therefore, they may appear less fresh than the organic ones which are not waxed. And, some stores keep apples in storage for months, which is why we often see them out of season. I read in another article that they way to tell if fresh is by putting some pressure on the stem. If it is pliable, then probably still fresh. If it is dry and breaks off, then probably not so fresh. I have used this as a better indicator.
I recently read that Red Delicious apples have the most antioxidents. Who knew? Has me rethinking the good ole Red Delicious of my youth. Another good eating apple is Honey Crisp. Great flavor and very juicy. They are only in season for a short time and they aren't cheap. But, boy are they worth it.
I got a chance to participate in a study that compared Alli (Orlistat) to eating apples 15 minutes before each meal. Those of us in the apple group did just as well as the Alli group without all the..uhh.. icky side effects. Apples are cheaper too! LOL
We don't get a lot of variety where I live; a small Northern town in Canada where the nearest local produce/market is over 730 Km away. Unfortunately, all we get during the summer are Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, and Granny Smith. I hear a lot about Honey Crisp and Pink Lady, and I'm very curious to try those. I need to remember to visit the markets when I'm in the city...
I'm with RBALF1 - if 'Red Delicious' are still considered the most popular eating apple, then there must be a lot of places where there's no other variety offered. If that's all that's available, people may be forced to settle for them. I'm sad for those places.
Honeycrisp and Pink Ladies,or maybe Galas are what go into my shopping cart
I grew up with my dad's apple orchard next to the yard. We had a variety. I could never understand people who love or even like Red Delicious. Just not for me. I love Gala, in my yard I have Winesap- my all time favorite. Love Macintosh, Grimes Golden and Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Cortland. There are so many wonderful, flavorful apples to choose from. You could choose a different flavor every day of the week.
I love Cortlands - they are very seasonal because apparently they don't store well, not even in regular agricultural storage facilities.
PS - If you are also interested in eating local, make sure you check the labels on your apples. This past weekend, my store had Braeburn apples from New Zealand! Nothing against New Zealand, but it's fall in Toledo; I want apples from closer to home.
I just can't take an apple article seriously when it leads with red delicious. They are so insipid when compared with a whole range of other apples. Currently I'm eating galas here in washington state, but waiting for the others to get ripe.
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