The Time Is Ripe for Apples

The Time Is Ripe for Apples

Publish Date October 13, 2023 2 Minute Read
Author MyMagazine Staff

There are few fruits more synonymous with fall than juicy, delicious apples. And they’re right at home in both sweet and savory dishes. Apples are just as tasty tossed into a salad of fresh greens as they are dipped in caramel.

Around 240 million bushels of apples are grown in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Apple Association. Close to 70 percent are consumed fresh, while the rest are used to create apple juices, applesauce and precut slices.

Apples continue to ripen once they’re picked. To keep your apples fresh longer, try storing them in the refrigerator, which slows down the ripening process. Properly refrigerated apples stay fresh for 4 to 6 weeks.

Apple Varieties to Suit Every Taste

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1. Granny Smith

  1. This unique name comes from Maria Ann “Granny” Smith, the Australian woman who discovered the variety as a chance seedling in the 1800s. Granny Smith apples are known for their tart flavor and brilliant green color. They add perfect balance to sweet cobblers and cakes.

2. Honeycrisp

  1. A perfect combination of sweet and tart, the Honeycrisp apple was developed at the University of Minnesota. It’s so popular that it was named the state fruit. The apple’s approachable flavor makes it a perfect choice for snacking.

3. Fuji

  1. A little yellow, a little red, a little sweet, a little tart — the Fuji variety has it all. Fun fact: this apple can be traced back to Japan — it’s even named after Mount Fuji! Try sautéing these in butter and brown sugar for a tasty ice cream topping.

4. Gala

  1. Sweet and mild Gala apples, originating from New Zealand, offer a deliciously crisp bite. As an all-purpose apple, they work well in recipes or can be enjoyed fresh.

Flavorful Apple Recipes

Apples are at their crunchy best right now! Take your pick from varieties galore for both sweet and savory dishes. Think salads, pies, tarts, galettes, cider, caramel apples — there are a zillion ways to enjoy this juicy fall favorite.

Kitchen Hacks: How to Pack an Apple

Learn how to keep an apple fresh with these tips.