It’s apple time. Pick up a new variety you’ve never tasted, such as the Mutsu.
Some apples now available are crosses between two outstanding varieties. For example, the Aurora Golden Gala, a yellow dessert apple, is the result of a cross between Splendour and Gala.
Two new varieties to look for are the SnapDragon and the RubyFrost, both developed by Cornell University in partnership with the New York Apple Growers. Popular newer varieties are the Ambrosia, SweeTango and Cripps Pink.
September and October are when the new crop starts arriving in our grocery stores. I have tried and compared a few varieties.
There is a distinct taste and texture difference among the different kinds; try and see if there is a new variety you prefer. I like to pick up two different kinds and compare them.
Apples are a healthy kind of snack to experiment with. There are about 100 apple varieties grown in the United States. You won’t have that many to choose from, but you will see the top sellers .
When looking at apple information, I found these interesting apple facts at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/apples/facts.cfm :
- Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.
- One medium apple is about 80 calories. Apples contain only a trace of sodium and fat.
- Apples are grown in all 50 states but are grown commercially in 36 states.
- The science of apple growing is called pomology.
There are many all-purpose apples — good for eating raw or for cooking. The Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Pink Lady, Mutsu and Honeycrisp are just a few.
The SweeTango, Aurora Golden Gala and Honeycrisp are popular favorites for eating out of hand that I picked up in the grocery store this week.
Take your pick of the new crop of apples. You will like them all. Eat them raw, make a pie, bake one for breakfast or dessert, or make Apple Crisp.
Corinne Cook is a columnist for The Advocate. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.