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An Apple a Day

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  • It all depends on taste and what's best in your area. I *always* use Granny Smith apples for baking, whether it's a crumble, a cake, a betty or a pie. Even for applesauce. I also *always* used to keep my apples in the 'fridge, both when lived in the northeast (NY/NJ) and when I lived in the Pacific Northwest. Then the cold apples started bothering my teeth, so I left them out. I now live in Israel, and leave them out and they're fine.

    Best apple advice? Buy one of a lot of different types and have a taste test. Do it a few times a year, because different apples are available at different times. Then buy and use the ones you like. Period.
  • It's best to buy apples in season, and pick-your-own is the best of the best. Many apples that you buy in stores have been in cold storage, hence the mealy taste and the lack of crispness. If you live in an area that grows apples consider yourself blessed!! We have a great orchard that is close to where we live .. and we are going to be going there soon ..
  • Just tried Honey Crisp this weekend - love them!
  • LIKES2SMILE
    Ms. Hand knows her nutrition, but I'm not sure she bakes with apples. Haralson and "greening" apples are the pie apples. If you want to go to the expense of using Granny Smith, you can. Haralson's also make the best home made applesauce. Here in Minnesota, where we have great apples and a huge variety of them, no one I know eats Red Delicious. MacIntosh are not tangy enough to make good pies or sauce, though they are certainly great eating apples. If you are in a state that grows apples, best to get them from the orchard now that the harvest season is on.
  • let me know when Hendersonville/Asheville apples are ready!
  • my fav for eating are pink Lady and Honey Crisp but every once in a while I have a have a granny - for the crunch and tart -
    I made a pie with a combo of honeycrisp, jonagolds and grannys. using a combo exponentially improves the pie flavor.
    yum.
  • KEMCNAIR
    The apple crop this year in the Hudson River Valley area is supposed to be the best in a very long time. I've been going to the farmer's market almost every weekend and buying honeycrisp. I know the article said to refrigerate them, but they don't stay in my house long enough for refrigeration. I eat one for breakfast, share one with my nieces, eat another with pb for a snack and the next thing I know, it's time for another run to the farmer's market.

    I keep looking for Mutsu, and the vendors keep telling me it's too soon. Aaaahhh... the anticipation is killing me!

    This year, I'm making applesauce!
  • I'm with Beebailey and DJ1383 on the best apples. Honeycrisp weren't in season when I decided to try another variety, Pink Lady/Cripps. Yum! Similar texture and density to my all time favorite Honeycrisp. One Christmas my niece bought me a bag of Honeys -- best gift EVER!
  • Cripps aka Pink Lady apples are delicious; perfect blend of sweet and tart.
  • Cripps aka Pink Lady apples are delicious; perfect blend of sweet and tart.
  • Cripps aka Pink Lady apples are delicious; perfect blend of sweet and tart.
  • BIRDY100
    For some reason, I don't care for the Delicious apples, they have a mealy taste to me. Maybe it is the area, central NY and not the variety. McIntosh is my favorite for eating
  • If you can find them, ambroisia apples are to die for! Absolutely the sweetest apple I have ever tasted and they are HUGE! Great for cutting up and sharing. :)
  • 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.
  • RONIE11
    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.

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