So many apples, so little time! Who doesn’t love a fresh crisp apple in the fall? Or anytime of year for that matter! Apples are great for a variety of things but it’s good to know which ones to buy for what.
Apples are a member of the rose family of plants, along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries. It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
Here in New York we are lucky to have a large variety of apples that each have their own distinct flavor. New York is the second-largest apple producing state in the country. Only Washington State produces more apples than the Empire State. Perennially, Michigan ranks third; Pennsylvania and California round out the top 5.
(Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, annual Non-citrus Fruits and Nuts Summary)
Our state grows and markets more commercial varieties of fresh-market apples than any other region in the country. The top 10 varieties in terms of production are: McIntosh, Empire, Red Delicious, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Rome, Idared, Crispin, Paula Red, and Gala.
Here’s a chart that will help you decide which apple is best for eating, baking, or cooking
Once apples are picked they don’t last long. There are a few things you can do to prolong their life.
Selection, Apple Storage and Handling
- For storing apples, they should be firm, and free of bruises or blemishes.
- Keep apples cold – apple storage below 40 degrees if possible to keep them crisp longer.
- Apples ripen almost 10 times faster at room temperature.
- Store apples in a ventilated plastic bag, preferably in the produce, or humidified drawer of your refrigerator, works best.
- If you are storing apples in large amounts in a basement or garage, cover the box or basket with a clean heavy damp cloth to prevent shriveling.
- The old saying one bad apple spoils the barrel it literally is true, so always remove overripe fruit promptly.
- Always wash produce by holding under running water for 15 seconds before eating.
For a great New York Apple Squash Soup use empire or golden delicious apples. For more flavor use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth. Apples are great with a lot of meats. Try them in a pork or chicken quesadilla with cheddar cheese!
Homemade Organic Applesauce
A traditional fall favorite is homemade applesauce. You can find many recipes online these days. You may already have a favorite. Here’s an easy recipe and you can substitute maple syrup or eliminate all sugar if you want. For step by step instructions with photos click here. This is the perfect dish to share with friends and family!
- 6 pounds Apples, Peeled, Cored, And Cut Into 8 Slices
- 1 cup Apple Juice Or Apple Cider
- Juice Of 1 Lemon
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, More Or Less To Taste
- Optional Ingredients: Nutmeg, Maple Syrup, Allspice, Butter
If you’re trying to eat healthier these days applesauce is a great substitute in baking recipes when it calls for oil. Applesauce is also delicious topped on pork chops, added to muffins, or topped on your french toast!
How about hosting a fall get together with girlfriends and everyone brings an apple dish? You could have an entire dinner including appetizer, soup, main dish, and dessert all made with apples! If you need help planning a menu, decorating, or would like us to cater it for you, On The Go Concierge can take it off your plate so to speak!
We”ll take care of a few of the details or plan the entire event for you. With a little guidance from you we can come up with a customized menu that will be sure to impress!
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