It seems impossible to imagine America without the apple. We can credit the great love affair to the American hero Johnny Appleseed who earned his name by introducing the apple tree to much of the new world. Since its introduction, the delicious round fruit has become a mainstay in the American diet. Whether you eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away, or enjoy a crisp slice paired with a delicious cheese, the possibilities are endless. Loaded with vitamins, fiber, water, and natural sugars, grabbing an apple could be the best choice you’ve made all day. Below are some of our favorite varieties of apples, and the best way to eat them!
Pink Lady Apple
A designer fruit, these apples are tightly controlled to ensure you are only buying an apple deserving of the Pink Lady title. Nurseries, suppliers and producers all must register and be approved to distribute the regulated crop. This apple is the perfect flavor combination of tart, sweet, juicy and crunchy! Want to enjoy all of the nutritious benefits? Do not peel this delicious apple, 50% of the vitamins are found in the beautiful reddish pink skin. Pink Lady apple pie anyone? The high fructose content of these apples make them the perfect choice for baking.
Also referred to as mellow yellow, the Golden Delicious embodies a mellow flavor with sweet undertones and a thick skin. Despite its tough exterior, the Golden Delicious is quite delicate and susceptible to bruising. Available year round for your snacking pleasure, pair with a powerful cheddar for a winning combo.
A kid favorite! The Honeycrisp Apple is the perfect balance between sweet and tart. You often hear this apple referred to as honey sweet. The name says it all, with this apple packing the biggest crunch of all the varieties. Stock up on the Honeycrisp September through February. These apples can be stored for four months in the fridge. Eat fresh on the go or pair this sophisticated apple with a sharp rich and creamy blue cheese.
Don’t let the exotic name fool you, this apple is easily accessible year-round. Crisp and juicy with a sugary sweet flavor, the Fuji apple has dense flesh and a thick skin that holds up well during cooking. The Fuji apple makes for a great all American home-style apple sauce.
This is one of the most well-known and readily available apple varieties because of its shiny red skin and coke bottle shape. This apple is best used fresh and does not hold up well while cooking. Add to salads, sandwiches or dip into delicious caramel sauce.
LeeAnn Kindness is a graduate student at Drexel University majoring in human nutrition. She plans to become a registered dietitian.
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