Apple Recipes for Every Variety

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Baked Apple with Crisp Topping; Sunny Anderson

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Now apple season is in full swing, there’s even more reason to get your “apple a day”—and then some. According to the US Apple Association, US orchards produce nearly 100 varieties of apples, but 15 varieties make up about 90 percent of production. Those 15 include Braeburn, Crispin, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Idared, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh, Red Delicious, and Rome apples. For more details on their respective taste and textures, check out the US apple association’s chart

In October, Braeburn, Crispin, Idared, and Jonagold apples are just starting their harvest season. While most apple varieties stay in season for many months, harvest for the Ginger gold ends in Novermber, so grab them while you can!

Apples make great snacks on their own, but there are many other ways to enjoy them as well. Here are a few suggestions on how to use up the bounty of fall, and the best apples to do the job

Apple Muffins; Ellie Krieger

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Baking

When it comes to muffins and breads, apples deliver sweetness and moisture. They’re also great for baking whole with fall spices. Try baking with these varieties:

  • Jonathan,
  • Granny Smith
  • Idared
  • Rome
Salads
These varieties lend fantastic bite and tart sweetness to salads:
  • Empire
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Ginger Gold
  • Golden Delicious
Sauces

Make homemade applesauce with these varieties, and you won't miss those store-bought snack packs:

  • Gala
  • Honeycrisp
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Idared
  • Mcintosh
  • Rome

Ellie Krieger's Rustic Apple Pie with Dried Cherries As seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Pies

For pie-making, seven apple types stand up especially well to the heat. Try using these or any mix of them next time you want to show off your pie-making skills:

  • Crispin
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Honey Crisp
  • Idared
  • McIntosh
  • Rome
 Tell us: What's your favorite variety of apple?
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