Its Apple Time!


Okay you are wondering why I am a little excited about apples, but apples are so delicious, sweet and good for you. You know the saying.."An Apple a day....".

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.

When baking, Rome apples are recommended because they hold their shape well. You can also try Fuijis, which are sweeter, wetter, and have a spicy flavor.

In pies, a mix of apples is best. Include Golden Delicious for sweetness and good shape, a tart apple like Granny Smith, and some flavorful varieties like Pippin, Winesap, Crispin and Jonagold.

When selecting apples look for a shiny skin. Dull appearing apples will not be as crisp or as tasty. Your apples should be firm and free of bruises and punctures. Once you bring them home, keep your apples refrigerated. Fruit bowls are beautiful, but your apples will not stay crispy for long on the countertop. In fact, they will last 10 times longer when refrigerated.

posted by razz @ 2:42 PM,

2 Comments:

At September 3, 2007 at 4:21 AM, Blogger Dana said...

i wish we had an apple orchard around here or even a local farmers market. I do think the produce is sooo much better and cheaper than the supermarket! I always see you on WAHM and thought I would stop by. HIIIII

 
At September 4, 2007 at 5:29 PM, Blogger supermom said...

Thanks so much for visiting!! Yes I agree and its also so delicious, yum:)

 

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