At Market: What to Reach For
Of the 7,500 apple varieties grown worldwide, only 100 varieties are actually grown commercially in the United States. The most popular types; Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji and Granny Smith are available almost year-round. Here are a few other interesting types to try!
- Ashmead's Kernel: An heirloom variety with a sweet, sharp taste and beautiful russet-gold flesh. Very aromatic with a slight spice of orange blossom?perfect in savory sauces or paired with pork, duck or chicken.
- Cipps Pink (also marketed as “Pink Lady”): Its bright pink and golden yellow skin, tanginess and firm texture make it a colorful favorite for topping cobblers and cakes.
- Braeburn: This pretty red variety is sweet enough for a satisfying snack, or as part of a recipe that plays up its spiciness (think: nutmeg and ginger), or even thrown into a salad with a Gorgonzola or blue cheese for a nutty balance.
- Idared: Developed in 1791 in Idaho, this cheery, white-fleshed apple freezes well and is firm enough for baking pies, tarts and cakes. Hint: If used in an applesauce, cook with the skin on (you can strain later) for a sweet pink color.
- McIntosh: White fleshed, crisp and tart. Great raw or in ciders and applesauce. Note: You can always adjust the acidity by adding sugar or lemon juice.