All apples are not created equal. They vary in sweetness and texture, which means that the variety you use for salads may not be what you would choose to make a pie. In the United States alone there are 2,500 varieties of apples, so how do you choose?
The best apple for eating, I think, is based on your own preference. I like crisp, tart apples, like Cortland and Empire. But if you’re looking for a sweet tart apple, look for varieties like Cortland or Honeycrisp. On the sweet side, choose Crispin, Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious or Gala.
When it comes to using apples in recipes, some apples do work better than others. So, we pulled together this guide on how to choose the right apple to help you decipher what varieties work best for pies, applesauce and salads.
How to Choose the Right Apple
Cortland: For pies, applesauce and salads
Crispin: For pies, applesauce and salads
Empire: For salads
Gala: For salads
Golden Delicious: For salads
Jonagold: For pies, applesauce and salads
Red Delicious: For salads
Honey Crisp: For salads
Pink Lady: For salads
Fuji: For salads
McIntosh: For applesauce
Macoun: For applesauce
20-ounce: For pies and applesauce
Granny Smith: For pies and applesauce
Idared: For pies and applesauce
When looking for the best knives for cutting apples, here are some that we recommend.
- Bird’s Beak Paring Knife for peeling.
- 4" Paring Knife for peeling and slicing.
- 5" Petite Santoku for slicing.
- Traditional Cheese Knife for slicing.
Many thanks to our friends at Miller’s Farm Market for supplying us with all the apples!
What’s your go-to apple of choice?