As the apple orchards finish picking, the farmer’s markets are full of sweet apple goodness – and there are so many to choose from! I thought I’d do an apple tasting, so I picked up four from my local grocery store.
I decided to give them a try. Then I heard my sister picked up some very unusual apples from a farmer’s market – Orange dream, strawberry apples – wow! I need to try those too!
So here are the results of my tasting:
Ambrosia – A softer apple, but not mealy. Sweet, but not too sweet. I think this would be a good one for cooking with – like with pork chops.
Granny Smith – we’ve all had this tart apple. Crisp and sweet/sour. This is the apple used in things like pies and applesauce – and just eaten raw. A good traditional apple.
Honey Crisp (Still my favorite) – I like to cook with this one and just eat it as a snack. It is exactly as it’s name implies, crisp and sweet. Yes, they are more spendy, but I think they are worth the extra cost.
Pink Lady – this apple was sweet and slightly crisp. I’m a very picky apple person and it seemed a little mealy to me. The apple that we always see at buffets, the red delicious, has that same soft, mealy texture. The pink lady does have more flavor than a red delicious.
Here are some recipes to use some of these delicious apples in: