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An Apple a Day
Enjoy the Fall Season's Freshest Pick
10/10/2010 12:19:26 PM
After enjoying apples for 40+ years, I developed Oral Allergy Syndrome, and apples are one of my worst offenders. How I wish I could eat a juicy sweet apple a day without my mouth turning tingly and numb! My favourites used to be MacIntoshes and Mutsu. I am still looking for another snack idea that would be as convenient, delicious and healthy as fresh apples.
For my "basket apples" I prefer Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Cortlands. I love the tangy sweet tartness of them. For apple pies, I use a mix of sweet and tart to give the pie flavor a three dimensional taste and texture. For applesauce, I use Jonagold and McIntosh. If I'm making homemade cider, any apple will do and mixing them creates a unique blend. As for dried apples, I only use the tart (granny Smith) or really sweet (braeburn). Drying them reduces the flavor of the apples slightly, and these keep the true flavor of the apple. I'm a green cook: that means I try to cook as organically as possible, using only fruits and veggies in season, with as few steps from the farm to my plate as possible.
I eat Fuji and Honey Crisp as my "basket" apples. Maybe a Jonagold every once in a while. Everyone has different tastes :)
But if you can't smell the apple when you put it to your nose, chances are it's coated with something and has pesticide residue. Either skin it before eating, or wash it with a vinegar/baking soda solution. Or buy organic only (which is expensive, especially Honey Crisp).
My favorite all-around--Jonagold; fresh eating--Gala. Rome Beauty, Melrose or IdaRed for Baking or even pies, even just microwaved w/cinnamon & raisins. Good ol' Gravensteins are hard to beat for sauce & baking, but they're not around very long. I live in the NW, & the guy at our local farm stand cringes when anyone buys Red Delicious. Apparently it's like going to Baskin Robbins & ordering vanilla. I do like it though, but others are fun.
Bramleys are the best for pies, stewed apples etc, as they fall so easily and have a great flavour. Cox's Orange Pippins are full of flavour, but it's easy to miss the first crispness - I'll try keeping them in the fridge this year - they are coming into the shops now. I love apples!!!
I love all apples but Galas are the ones I truely love. Here in Southern Indiana, we have a farm called Apple Works that I just love to visit this time of year. Fresh apples, a romantic park like atmosphere and the apples, every kind you can think of, are delish.
9/22/2010 12:04:27 AM
i eat fujis as snack and as dessert. to add extra crispiness to the cinnamon apples, add crush graham or wheat crackers. yum!
9/21/2010 5:55:43 PM
I also LOOOOVE the Honeycrisp! They are already in stores on Long Island!
9/21/2010 5:09:41 PM
Yes, Honeycrisp! I am luck to live in the NW and I drive to Hood River, OR to visit the apple farms there all fall. Of all of the varieties I have tried, Honeycrisps are hands-down the best for eating. If you have never had one, you should try them, they are more $$, but worth it.
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