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Apples come in all shapes and sizes, but did you know that quite often their outer appearance will tell about what’s inside?
Apples with pointed ends, like Red Delicious, are quite likely sweeter but not as crisp. They are most often enjoyed as a snack or in a salad. Apples that are more rounded on the bottom, such as Honey Crisp or Granny Smith, are a little more tart but crisper. These are the better choice for cooking and baking because they tend to hold their shape and don’t break down into mush.
The size of an apple can make a difference, too. The more economical bagged apples are often called “lunch box apples”. Their smaller size makes them more practical for lunches and snacks, especially for children. The apples that are sold individually by the pound are usually larger and more expensive, but they have their advantages. When buying apples this way one can inspect them for blemishes and bruising, which is not an option buying by the bag. In addition, larger apples offer a larger proportion of flesh in relation to skin and seed.
Although apples are available year-round, I love to take advantage of the fall apple season. This time of year the apples are the freshest and most economical, especially if you can buy them locally. Apple recipes abound, so try as many as you can!


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