Some might find it strange to be asking the question, “Which is the best apple to buy?” Some people just pick any apple without giving it a second thought; however, there are some apples that are better for eating, and some apples are better for cooking or for making cider or vinegar. So choose your apples depending on what you plan to do with them.
We see so many apples in our grocery stores that we believe the apples were first started in the United States. At least 55 million tons of apples are grown around the world. China produces about 35% of the world’s apples. The United States produces more than 7.5% of the apples. This makes it the second greatest producer. Iran is third. Other countries such as Turkey, Russia, Italy and India are further down the list.
Often apples are eaten uncooked, but they can be cooked. Apples can also be made into drinks such as apple juice and apple cider. An apple can be firm with a taste anywhere from sour to sweet. Apples used for cooking are sour and need to be cooked with sugar. Most apples are good to eat raw and are also used in many kinds of baked foods such as apple pie and apple sauce.
Today there are over 7,500 known different types of apples, but only the apples native to North America are crab apples, which were once called “common apples.” There is a list associated with this article that will help you decide the best apple for you.
Red Delicious Apple
The Red Delicious an apple has a thick and bitter skin that must be chewed vigorously. Red Delicious apples are available year round. The Red Delicious apple is one of the most well known commercially grown apples in the United States.
Red Delicious apples offer a small amount of vitamin A and vitamin C and have only a trace of sodium. They contain pectin, a beneficial fiber that has been shown to help promote healthy cholesterol levels and slow glucose metabolism in diabetics. Red Delicious apples are also higher in antioxidants than many other apple varieties, most of which is contained in their skin.
Pink Lady Apple
Pink Lady apples are grown under very specific conditions, The characteristics of a Pink Lady apple are dependent on specific factors like the amount space between the trees in the orchards, the thinning of branches to allow for maximum sunshine, and the numbers of days the apples remain on the trees. Pink Lady apples are left on the trees for 200 days, to capture just the right amount of sunshine. This apple has only 50 calories.
Fuji apples were developed in the late 1930s by growers at the Tohoku Research Station in Morioka, Japan. The Fuji apple variety was introduced to the United States in the 1960s. Fans of sweet apples adore Fuji because it is the sweetest apple around. Fuji apples are also great storing apples, and because of that, they are available year-round. Fuji apples are good for snacking, salads, juicing, baking, and freezing.
McIntosh is one of the great North American apple varieties. The apple was named after John McIntosh, a farmer in Ontario who discovered the apple in the early 19th century, and he and his family became involved in propagating the variety. The McIntosh apple achieves its best flavor in colder apple-growing regions.
Granny Smith Apple
The Granny Smith apple gets its name from its founder, Mrs. Mary Ann (Granny) Smith. These apples are considered all-purpose apples. They are crisp, juicy, and tart which makes them perfect for either baking in pies, stewed in sauces or eating out of hand. They’re also great in salads because once cut, they keep their color longer than other apples.