Just bought LOCAL golden delicious and was given some LOCAL red delicious and they have both been wonderful. Crisp, sweet, juicy--all the things you want in a good apple. When buying in the stores I won't eat a non-organic apple--they have all been coated with wax to make them look pretty and taste like crap when you bite into them. From my natural foods market the best apples IMHO are gala, pink lady, and braeburn--pretty much in that order. But none of those are as good as these local apples. Find a good orchard in your area and buy from them--it is worth the effort and the drive. BTW--these apples stay good out of the fridge much longer than the article states.
OK EVERYONE... do your research... I think it must depend on where you live.. but I have always been told that refrigerating your apples makes them mushy... I live in the pacific northwest and we NEVER store our apples in the fridge.. I guess if you live where the apples are at a constant 80 degrees or warmer it might be advisable.. and I'm with everyone else... who has had a Non-mushy.. flavorful Red Delicious in a long time... we grew them and they were good off the tree...but the store bought ones??? Gala and Cameo's are my fav's... Granny Smith are what we make pies out of... Gravestiens are the best for apple sauce... of course we grew those too so a store bought one might be different.
9/19/2010 12:25:40 PM
Just remember, when figuring carbs for a diabetic (I am to have 45-50 per meal), an apple--a small one at that--has 25 carbs, so be careful not to eat more than one small apple a day--which is hard for me, because I could eat two a day--large ones at that--if carbs didn't interfere.
I had my first honeycrisp yesterday - bought from our local market garden. Delicious. If you can get apples fresh I think they are all good but the mass marketing industry has wrecked the flavor of so many of my favorites. 30 years ago Delicious apples WERE my favorite - now I find them bitter.
Red delicious? Yuck - has to be the worst apple. Definitely not the "favorite" for eating. Honeycrisps, Jonagolds, Pinklady, and when you can get them Arkansas Blacks - much better choices! For baking, the tarter varieties work best in my book - and nothing beats Granny Smiths for pies, although any of these varieties I just mentioned will make yummy desserts, too!
9/19/2010 10:36:01 AM
No mention of one of the best apples around these days, the Gala. Also, I really can't believe the McIntosh apples are the #1 eating apple. I gave those up years ago, they are dull and usually mushy.
9/19/2010 10:31:32 AM
I'm with OSUM and the others on Honeycrisps - WOW!!! Great article, Becky :)
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