In the following, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular apple varieties, how to differentiate them and what to use them for. Apples are a great addition to salads, can be eaten raw on their own, can be turned into sauce and juice, or can be used in baked goods like pies and apple crumbles. However, there’s a reason we have different types of apples: some suit certain applications better than others.
Granny Smith Apples
A mostly green skin and its accompanying tart flavour, the Granny Smith apple is one of the most popular types of apples out there. Available all year round and best used in pies and crumbles, this apple’s tartness makes for a great contrast in sweet deserts. Furthermore, the texture of the apple is a lot firmer than other varieties, even after cooking making it a great selection if you want to avoid that mushy apple sauce-like texture in cooked goods. These apples don’t usually spoil fast and keep better than other varieties as well.
Royal Gala Apples
For a fresh, great-tasting and amazingly flavourful apple, you can’t go wrong with the Canadian native Gala apple. People describe the flavour has hints of vanilla, and the crisp, juicy skin is truly mouth-watering. And again, they’re a great apple variety, probably the best in fact to create an amazing batch of flavourful apple sauce.
A more exotic variety, these huge red/yellow apples have a juicy, mild flavour. Able to keep their shape and texture, especially with their strong skin, they make for great baking apples. You can also keep this variety of apple in the fridge for months without having to worry about them spoiling.
The Red Delicious Apples
This is one of the most popular apple variety in Australia and US. The red delicious apple is great for apple sauce and even juicing purposes. However, this is not an apple that is recommended to be cooked. It can even be used in salads, but cooked in pies it tends to lose most of its flavour quite fast. With this apple, raw is the way to go.
Golden Delicious Apples
Yellowish-green in colour, these sweet, juicy and flavourful apples are great when eaten raw. The skin breaks apart rather easily, allowing for softer bites without having to peel them. The delicious flavour is great in salads – but it’s their natural ability not to brown as easily which makes them so attractive as an addition to salads. Alternatively, if you want a great batch of apple sauce, these are the types of apples you should focus on. Just keep in mind that these are probably the apple variety that’s most prone to skin bruising which can alter the taste in that area significantly.
Regardless of your specific needs, now you have an overview of the most popular apple varieties out there and the best ways in which to use them in your kitchen and in your diets. Just make sure that you do so regularly and benefit from the old adage: an apple a day keeps the doctor away! And check what apple varieties are in season now and can be added to your order.