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Apples for Baking

Apples for Baking

When choosing apples for baking, you’ll want to be somewhat selective. A good baking apple should be able to withstand your oven, remaining slightly “crunchy” without losing its form. It should also have a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. If you’ve ever had a really good apple pie, you know exactly what we’re talking about!

Zestar!® Apple

Malus domestica ‘Minnewasheta’

We love Zestar!® for its flavor as much as we love it for its crunch. When you bite into it, you’ll detect just a hint of brown sugar, which perfectly complements any apple-based dessert!

Braeburn Apple

Malus domestica ‘Braeburn’

Braeburn is crisp and flavorful with hints of vanilla and firm flesh. Because of this, we love it as a baking apple. While it is delicious when eaten fresh, there’s just something special about an apple pie made from Braeburn apples.

Granny Smith Apple

Malus domestica ‘Granny Smith’

Inarguably, Granny Smith is America’s favorite tart apple—and it’s a favored baking apple, too. While it is known for its tartness, it’s easy to sweeten it up with sugar and spices!

Scarlet Sentinel Apple

Malus domestica ‘Scarlet Sentinel’

Scarlet Sentinel is a crisp red apple that’s great for fresh snacking. It also looks great in your landscape with its neat columnar form.

Apples for Fresh Eating

Apples for Fresh Eating

The best apples for fresh eating are juicy, crisp, and sweet. They taste their best right when they’re plucked from the tree or when snacked on with sharp cheeses. Find our favorites below!

Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple

Malus domestica ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’

Cox’s Orange Pippin isn’t considered Britain’s finest apple for nothing. This attractive apple has a complex flavor, tasting a bit like mango and orange. While it’s great for baking and in ciders, it’s best when enjoyed exactly as it is.

Empire Apple

Malus domestica ‘Empire’

Empire is a cross between two flavorful varieties: Red Delicious and McIntosh. Both are very well-rounded and good for a variety of uses. Their combined flavor notes make an apple that is perfect when picked right off the tree.

Fuji Apple

Malus domestica ‘Fuji’

Fuji is giving Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and other favorites a run for their money. It is a fairly versatile apple, but it is especially delicious when eaten fresh. It’s also great in salads!

Gala Apple

Malus domestica ‘Gala’

Gala is one of the most popular supermarket apples, but it’s so much better when it’s picked from an apple tree in your very own landscape! It’s very sweet and is also ideal for balancing out the flavor of tart apples in ciders or sauces.

Golden Delicious Apple

Malus domestica ‘Golden Delicious’

Golden Delicious is another versatile and popular supermarket apple. If allowed to fully ripen before picked, its incredibly sweet flavor comes through. It’s almost like raw cane sugar!

Honeycrisp Apple

Malus domestica ‘Honeycrisp’

Honeycrisp is aptly named—it’s juicy, crisp, and oh so sweet. While it’s great in desserts, we prefer eating it fresh! Interestingly enough, Honeycrisp’s parentage is a bit of a mystery, so we’re not quite sure where it gets its delicious sweetness from.

Liberty Apple

Malus domestica ‘Liberty’

Liberty is a descendant of both McIntosh and Macoun. It has sweet and firm flesh, making it another versatile variety, but it’s most loved when eaten fresh.

Mutsu Apple

Malus domestica ‘Mutsu’

Mutsu, also known as Crispin, is good for everything, but it is exceptionally popular for fresh eating if you like an apple that isn’t too tart or too sweet.

Pristine Apple

Malus domestica ‘Pristine’

Pristine is ready to be picked as early as July. Pick it when it’s green if you want to use it for baking. But if you want to truly enjoy its sweet-tart flavor, wait for it to turn gold. Then, enjoy it fresh!

Red Delicious Apple

Malus domestica ‘Red Delicious’

Red Delicious is possibly one of the most iconic apples in American history. It’s also one of the most popular for fresh eating with its sweet flavor that is instantly recognizable.

Rubinette Apple

Malus domestica ‘Rubinette’

Rubinette has been called the best-tasting apple in the entire world. Is it true? You’ll have to find out for yourself! This beauty is a cross between Golden Delicious and Cox’s Orange Pippin, and it’s good for almost anything—juicing, baking, drying, or eating fresh.

Apples for Juice or Cider

Apples for Juice or Cider

There’s no wrong way to make juice or cider. Some people prefer it tart while others prefer it on the sweeter side. Regardless of how you like yours, there’s a perfect apple—or combination of apples! Below are a few of our favorites. Again, there’s no right or wrong choice!

Ashmead’s Kernel Apple

Malus domestica ‘Ashmead’s Kernel’

Ashmead’s Kernel is an interesting apple with interesting flavor notes. Some say it tastes more like a pear. Because of this, it is becoming very popular in juices and ciders, as it adds a truly unique element.

Golden Sentinel Apple

Malus domestica ‘Golden Sentinel’

Golden Sentinel is a large golden-yellow apple that resembles Pristine or Golden Delicious. It’s versatile, but it’s just so juicy and sweet that we had to include it in this category!

McIntosh Apple

Malus domestica ‘McIntosh’

If you like your cider more on the tart side, McIntosh is the apple for you. This apple even has slight hints of grape that are only detectable when McIntosh apples are at their freshest.

Macoun Apple

Malus domestica ‘Macoun’

Macoun has notes of spice, berry, and grape, making it the perfect apple for cider. Since it doesn’t do well in storage, you’ll want to make as much as you can!

Apples for Applesauce

Apples for Applesauce

When it comes to making applesauce, you can use any apple varieties you want (but softer apples may make the process easier). As with juices and ciders, you can blend different varieties for a sauce that’s more sweet or more sour. It all depends on your preferences! Below are a few apples we love for sauces.

Cortland Apple

Malus domestica ‘Cortland’

Cortland is just so darn popular. It really is good for just about anything, and its sweet-tart flavor makes a perfectly balanced sauce. Mix it with other sweet-tart apples if you’d like.

Gravenstein Apple

Malus domestica ‘Gravenstein’

Gravenstein is a delicate heirloom apple that doesn’t do well in transit. This makes it ideal in your garden, as you’ll be able to pick the apples as they ripen and enjoy them when they’re freshest! They’re also incredibly aromatic, requiring very little seasoning when used in sauces.

Yellow Transparent Apple

Malus domestica ‘White Transparent’

It’s been said that Yellow Transparent makes the ultimate applesauce. Its yellow flesh is super sweet and juicy. You probably won’t even need to sweeten it up!


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