There are so many varieties of apples, sometimes it is hard to know what you should buy. Personally, the McIntosh apple is my all around favorite. I grew up eating these in upstate New York and every other apple pales in comparison to their crisp and juicy but not too sweet flavor. Check out my recommendations for eating and baking with apples.
If you want a great apple to eat as a snack or to slice up with some peanut butter – I will always recommend the McIntosh. It is a New England and Canadian favorite and I have spent more time (and money) then I would like to admit hunting them down in San Francisco. They are not very popular on the west coast but you can find them if you look. Sometimes if you ask your local grocer they can order them for you.
If you haven’t caught on yet – I love McIntosh apples – but if you are baking a pie, cake or bread, I would recommend a few alternatives. McIntosh apples tend to be more expensive so if you are adding a lot of spices and other ingredients I would recommend less expensive varieties. The Fuji, Pink Lady or Gala apples are great for baking. I like to mix them together with some Granny Smith apples for some tartness and textural differences (one Granny Smith for every two Fuji, Pink Lady or Gala). If you live in New England and can get McIntosh for a good price, buy nothing else!
Good For Nothing:
If there is one apple that is better for a decoration on your kitchen table it is the Red Delicious. This variety is very sweet and grainy and lacks the quintessential sweet/tart flavor that I love about apples. Better yet, don’t waste your money on this decoration. Buy something that you can actually enjoy – a McIntosh!
What’s your favorite apple?