It is Apple Picking Season!

October 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM | Posted in Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Apple picking season is in full swing. Now is the time to get the freshest apples available whether you pick your own or stop into the nearest orchard for a bag to go. Do you know which apple is best for eating fresh, baking or making sauces? Here is a chart of some of the most popular local apples and how they are best used:

Variety Flavor Texture Eating/Salad Pie Sauce Baking
Courtland Tart Tender Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Crispin (Mutsu) Sweet/Tart Crisp Good Excellent Excellent Good
Empire Sweet/Tart Crisp Excellent Excellent Excellent Good
Gala Sweet Crisp Excellent Good Good Good
Golden Delicious Sweet Crisp Good Not Rec Not Rec Not Rec
Granny Smith Tart Crisp Good Good Not Rec Excellent
Honey Crisp Sweet/Tart Crisp Excellent Good Fair Not Rec
Idared Tart Crisp Good Excellent Excellent Excellent
Jonagold Sweet Firm Excellent Excellent Good Excellent
Macoun Sweet/Tart Crisp Excellent Excellent Good Excellent
McIntosh Tangy Tender Excellent Good Good Not rec
Paula Red Tangy Tender Good Excellent Excellent Excellent
Red Delicious Sweet Tender Good Good Good Good
Spartan Tangy Crisp Good Good Good Good

Visit www.newenglandapples.org to locate an apple orchard, get recipe ideas for apples, or to learn more about apples. Enjoy them while they are in season!

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