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Apple Guide: The Best Apple Varieties for Your Fall Recipes

The air is crisp, leaves are beginning to fall, and apple harvest is in full swing. The standard harvesting season for apples occurs from August until the end of November, making the fruit a favorite fall staple in many households, with recipes ranging from pies to salads to cider. However, the United States grows 2,500 different varieties of apples alone, so choosing the perfect apple with the correct taste and texture can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why we have compiled a list of the six most widely used apples along with recommended healthy recipes using each variety. Take a bite!

Red Delicious
Taste: Mildly sweet
Texture: Tender
Best For: Salads
Recommended Recipe: Apple-Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Golden Delicious
Taste: Mildly sweet
Texture: Crisp
Best For: All-Purposes
Recommended Recipe: Apple Chips

Taste: Slightly tart
Texture: Dense, crisp
Best For: Baking
Recommended Recipe: Apple Crisp

Taste: Semisweet
Texture: Juicy, crisp
Best For: Baking, cider, and applesauce
Recommended Recipe: Mom’s Homemade Apple Cider

Taste: Sweet
Texture: Tender
Best For: Applesauce
Recommended Recipe: No Sugar Applesauce

Granny Smith
Taste: Tart
Texture: Crisp
Best For: All-purposes
Recommended Recipe: Healthy Apple Pie

Which apples will you bite into this fall? Share your favorite varieties and how you use them in your cooking!


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