What to Do With Different Apple Varieties

What to Do With Different Apple Varieties

Oct 07, 2016

If you are like me, we tend to choose the same 2-3 apples varieties every time we buy them! 

Honeycrisp & Fuji are probably my favorites, but I also get them out of habit because I know what they taste like!

We tend to stick to what we know when it comes to pondering whether or not to try something new, but have you ever wondered what some of the newer apple varieties such as the Jazz or Pink Lady apples taste like?

Do you ever ask yourself what types of apples work best for recipes like applesauce or pie?  If so then here is a list of some of the most common apples, what to do with them & how to store them!

What to Do With & How to Choose Different Varieties of Apples

Ambrosia:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Middle to late September
  • Uses: This apple is a great multipurpose apple that can be eaten fresh, used for apple pie, apple butter, apple juice, is a good apple for applesauce, & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Sweet, crisp aromatic flavor reminiscent of pear and low acidity. Mostly red in color with some yellow patches, flesh is cream colored. Medium to large in size. Believed to be a cross between Golden Delicious & Jonagold apples
  • Where to Store: in the fridge inside a plastic bag
  • How long will it last: 2-4 weeks (fridge)

Braeburn:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Early to Middle of October
  • Best Uses: This apple is a great multipurpose apple that can be eaten fresh, used for apple pie or applesauce, & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Rich red color with white flesh, sweet flavor
  • Where to Store: Counter or in the fridge inside a plastic bag – however keeping them in the fridge can make these apples “mealy” in texture.
  • How long will it last: about 1 week (counter) 2-4 weeks (fridge)

Cameo:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Early to Middle of October
  • Uses: This apple is a great multipurpose apple that is very good eaten fresh, can be used for apple pie, apple butter, works well for applesauce, & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Large round, crisp apple with a red blush stripe over yellow, thought to be a cross between red & golden delicious apples.
  • Where to Store: Counter or in the fridge inside a plastic bag
  • How long will it last: about 1 week (counter) 2-4 weeks (fridge)

Fuji:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Middle to late October
  • Uses: This apple is a great multipurpose apple that very good eaten fresh, can be used for apple pie, apple butter, is the BEST apple for applesauce, & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Very sweet, aromatic flavor, yellow-green with red highlights
  • Where to Store: Counter or in the fridge inside a plastic bag
  • How long will it last: about 1 week (counter) 4 or more weeks (fridge)

Gala:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Middle of August to early September
  • Best Uses: Multipurpose apple that can be eaten fresh, used for apple pie, apple butter, BEST apple for applesauce, salads & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Sweet, aromatic flavor, medium to smaller in size, red & yellow striped heart-shaped appearance
  • Where to Store: Fridge/crisper drawer
  • How long will it last: 2 weeks (fridge)

Golden Delicious:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Middle to late September
  • Best Uses: This apple is a great multipurpose apple that can be eaten fresh, used for apple pie, apple butter, apple juice, works very well for applesauce, & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Firm white flesh which retains its’ shape, rich mild flavor when baked or cooked, tender skin & doesn’t brown as quickly as other apples
  • Where to Store: in the fridge inside a plastic bag
  • How long will it last: 2-4 weeks (fridge)

Granny Smith:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Middle to late October
  • Best Uses: Eaten fresh (if you like tart apples), apple juice, & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Very tart, bright green appearance, crisp bite & tart apple flavor
  • Where to Store: Counter or in the fridge inside a plastic bag
  • How long will it last: about 2 weeks (counter) 4-8 weeks (fridge)

Honeycrisp:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: September
  • Best Uses: This apple is a great multipurpose apple that is very good eaten fresh, can be used for apple pie, apple butter, is the BEST apple for apple juice, & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Very sweet and aromatic. A rosy-red color over a yellow base. Flesh is cream colored and they are typically medium to large sized.
  • Where to Store: Counter or in the fridge inside a plastic bag
  • How long will it last: about 1 week (counter) 4-6 weeks (fridge)

Jazz:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Early to Middle of October
  • Uses: This apple is a great multipurpose apple that can be eaten fresh, can be used for apple pie, apple butter, apple juice, works very well for applesauce, & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Very sweet, more flavor than gala apples, cross between a Royla Gala & Braeburn apples.
  • Where to Store: Counter or in the fridge inside a plastic bag
  • How long will it last: about 1 week (counter) 2-4 weeks (fridge)

Pink Lady:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Middle to late October
  • Best Uses: This apple is a great multipurpose apple that can be eaten fresh, used for apple pie, apple butter, apple juice, works well for applesauce, & can be used in cooked recipes.
  • Characteristics: Rich red/pink color with white flesh, very sweet & crisp.  Cross between a Golden Delicious and a Lady William apple
  • Where to Store: Counter or in the fridge inside a plastic bag
  • How long will it last: 1-2 weeks (counter) 4 weeks or longer (fridge)

Red Delicious:

  • Approximate Ripening Date: Middle to late September
  • Best Uses: Eaten fresh, making apple butter & a good apple for applesauce
  • Characteristics: Thin, bright red skin with a mildly flavored fine-grained white flesh, they bruise easily and do not keep well.
  • Where to Store: in the fridge inside a plastic bag
  • How long will it last: 1-2 weeks depending on how bruised they get (fridge)

Information courtesy of http://www.pickyourown.org/apples.htm

Melanie Kluzek, Registered Dietitian for County Market



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