I am so excited, since this is the time of year apples go on sale. How can you pick the best apples for cooking at the store? It can be overwhelming when there are so many delicious and juicy apples with a wide variety of colors. It really depends on your preference as to sweet or tart and what you are planning on using the apple to make. I am a sweet girl myself if I want the best apples to eat.
How to Pick the Best Apples
Here is an awesome picture of an apple chart I took while I was at Sprouts the other day. This wheel pretty much sums it up to help you pick the best apples of your dreams. As you can see color doesn’t really matter when it comes to the sweetness of the apple. That is why it is so difficult to choose the pick the best apples for your needs.
The best ones for baking fall into the tart area. The Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Braeburn will make the most delicious apple pies, apple tarts and apple crisps. While the Honey Crisp and Red Delicious seem to be the most popular for just eating. My favorite is the Golden Delicious in the Less Sweet category. The apples in the Less Sweet category are amazing to use to make great applesauce, apple juice or apple butter. And you can use less sugar than the recipe calls for if you use the Less Sweet apples. The Most Sweet Apples are great just for eating too.
There is some truth to an apple a day keeps the Dr away. Just think if you replaced eating a candy bar with an apple instead? Your body is processing something natural, not all that processed sugar and ingredients no one can pronounce. This will improve your waistline too! I always try to provide fresh fruit as an alternative to my kids instead of candy. What is your favorite apple or what is your favorite apple dish to make?