Last Updated on October 9, 2023 by Create Better Health
Are you familiar with the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away“?
Although this may not be entirely true, the fall months are a great time to add more apples to your diet!
We have a post packed full of interesting information about enjoying apples, plus a delicious, healthy apple cranberry crisp recipe!
In this post you’ll find:
- How to pick a good apple
- Apple Varieties Chart
- When Are Apples In Season?
- Apple Cranberry Crisp Recipe
How to Pick a Good Apple
Picking a good apple involves assessing its appearance, texture, and sometimes even its aroma, depending on the variety. Here are some tips to help you select the best apples:
- Check for Firmness: A good apple should feel firm when you gently squeeze it. Avoid apples that are overly soft or have bruises, as these may be overripe or damaged.
- Look for Smooth Skin: Examine the apple’s skin for any blemishes, cuts, or wrinkles. A smooth, unblemished skin is a sign of a healthy apple.
- Consider the Color: The color of an apple can vary depending on the variety. However, in general, look for apples with vibrant and consistent coloring. Avoid apples that are too dull or have noticeable discoloration.
- Inspect the Stem: A fresh apple should have a stem that is still attached and looks green and healthy. A missing or withered stem may indicate that the apple is not as fresh.
- Smell the Aroma: Some apple varieties, like Fuji and Honeycrisp, have a pleasant aroma. If the apples have a fruity and fresh scent, it’s a good sign that they are ripe and flavorful.
- Consider the Purpose: Different apples are suited for different purposes. For eating out of hand, you might prefer sweeter varieties like Gala or Red Delicious. For baking, tart varieties like Granny Smith work well.
- Feel the Weight: A good apple should feel heavy for its size. Heavier apples are typically juicier and denser.
- Check for Ripeness: If you plan to use the apples immediately, choose ones that are ready to eat. If you want them to last longer, opt for slightly underripe apples and let them ripen at home.
- Ask for Recommendations: If you’re unsure about which apples to choose, don’t hesitate to ask a store employee or a local farmer for recommendations based on your preferences.
Remember that apple preferences can vary, so what’s considered a “good” apple for one person may differ from another’s taste. Experiment with different apple varieties to find your favorites for various culinary uses and eating preferences.
Apple Varieties Chart
When are Apples In Season?
Apples are typically in season August through October. During their season apples are more flavorful when bought locally and they cost less.
Apple Season Chart
Apple Berry Crisp Recipe
This healthy apple berry crisp is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and get you your apple for the day. Enjoy!