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An Apple a Day

Enjoy the Fall Season's Freshest Pick

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Recently, I was standing in front of a beautiful display of apples at a local grocery store. A very puzzled gentleman asked me which apples were for pies. His wife had given him the shopping list, but had not explained which type of apple to buy. If this sounds familiar, then read on.

Fall, the apple-picking season, is here! Whether you pick your own at an orchard, support your local farmer’s market or shop at the grocery store—with so many varieties available, anyone can get confused. Here’s an easy guide to help choose the best apples for your needs, whether baking, cooking, or just simply eating. 
  • For eating straight from the basket, crisp, juicy, and tangy varieties are best. Red Delicious is the most popular eating apple, but if you prefer a denser, tarter snack, try a Granny Smith, or a softer-fleshed McIntosh. Or check out the distinctive tastes of local farm varieties like Newton, Pippin, Macoun, or Sweet Sixteen.
  • To make applesauce, McIntosh is moist and flavorful. Cortlands and Braeburns also make good choices.
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Becky Hand Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

Member Comments

  • It is the 12th of Sept. here in Virginia, and the HONEYCRISPS are at the store! Our all-time favorite - yeah!!! - 9/12/2014 7:00:27 PM
  • AZRIDERS
    Good advice on using different kinds of apples in pies. I never thought of it.

    My favorites are honey crisps and cameo. Hard to find in the stores tho. - 8/7/2014 11:06:41 AM
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  • I'm a huge fan of the softer apples. The harder ones are almost too fibrous...But they do taste good with peanut butter. - 2/3/2014 8:00:47 PM
  • I like golden delicious, pink lady, and gala apples for snacking. I totally agree with the person who said that red delicious tastes like red mediocre! The skin is too bitter and ruins the apple for me. - 1/7/2014 12:28:35 PM
  • There are so many common apples that are not listed here. Would have liked to have seem a more comprehensive list. - 8/8/2013 5:04:05 AM
  • I love apples! I take some with me to work and they are filling too just gotta wash them real well or buy organic which is hard at times. I also am an avid fan of GoodBelly, which is a vegan and dairy free probiotic drink. I've been hooked since 2008 as soon as I heard about it. It helps with digestion, IBS issues and supports the immune system. goodbelly.com - 3/16/2013 2:37:05 PM
  • JSIEVERT
    Love Honeycrisp apples! Zestar apples also make my mouth water. But SweeTango is my new favorite. All began in my home state of Minnesota! - 1/25/2013 4:26:01 PM
  • After eating Honey Crisp and Pink Lady apples, you'll never want to eat a Red Delicious again. In my opinion, they're more like Red Mediocre. - 11/20/2012 3:27:27 PM
  • I love every variety of grown. I eat 3 or more per day. They are convenient, easy to digest and low in sugar/fat. LOVE THEM! - 11/20/2012 10:17:55 AM
  • I love apples! Although the article says to refrigerate your apples, I have found that they taste much better at room temperature. For that reason, I only put the apples we will eat the same day in my fruit basket in the morning. Then they are room temperature and ready to eat for a snack or at mealtimes. In addition, seeing them out reminds me to make them part of my nutrition planning and they make a pretty table decoration! I eat at least one apple a day. I checked out the link in the article that led me to the mention of Tammi Flynn's book "The 3 Apple A Day Book." I plan to take a look at this book. - 11/9/2012 8:26:01 AM
  • I recently got a ceramic knife from my son for a gift. I realized that it's the transferrence of metal to the fruit that causes it to turn brown. I can cut an apple with my ceramic knife and two days later that apple is still bright and ready to eat - fabulous! Now I only use a ceramic knife when cutting all of my vegetables (they cut better too!) - 10/10/2012 1:14:30 PM
  • Good to know to put those apples in the refrigerator and they will last longer. One of my goals is to eat an apple a day. Honey Crisp apples are my favorite. This was an informative article. - 10/10/2012 11:05:43 AM
  • Green apples - especially Granny Smith - will help ease the discomfort of heartburn. My favorite apple of all time is the Northern Spy from the east coast but in Califormia we can't get those. Strawberry delicious have a delicate flavor but the regular Red Delicious are a little mealy to my way of thinking. Give me a beautiful unbruised Macintosh or a Braeburn any time. The Fuji are good too but a bit pricier. - 10/8/2012 1:11:15 AM
  • Been a MAC girl all my life UNTIL I had a Honey Crisp!!! OMG THE BEST EATING APPLE EVER!!! This Vermonter loves apples!!! :-) - 9/18/2012 9:00:53 PM

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