Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A is for Apple

It's only fitting that my first week of blogging consist of apple recipes, after all is is Fall when apples are abundant and at their peak flavor and a great price point.  There are over 7,500 apple varieties grown in the world and 2,500 of them are grown here in the U.S.  That's a lot to choose from but when cooking you want to make sure you choose wisely.  Here is a little breakdown of of which apples to use for your favorite recipes:

Pies; Granny Smith is the classic green apple that is crisp and has a tart flavor that stand up to baking.  Other choices: Cameo and Winesap

Apple Sauce: Gala is mildly sweet with fragrant yellow and red thin skin.
Other choices: Rome and Macintosh

Baking: Pink Lady- my second favorite, they are firm, crisp and have a sweet-tart taste the skin is pink with yellow
Other choices: Pippin, Sierra Beauty and Granny Smith

Cider: Fuji is extra crisp and both sweet and tart and have a flavor that most resembles that of freshly pressed apple juice
Other choices: Winesap, Jonagold and Gala

Eating: Honeycrisp is sweet with a touch of tart and amazingly crisp and as you can probably guess, my favorite.
Other choices: Gala and Criterion

Now that you have the "core" facts about apples, go, buy and cook. 

 What is your favorite apple?