This post is sponsored by the Michigan Apple Committee. All opinions are our own.
When making a holiday dish with apples, it can be a little overwhelming when you head to the grocery store if you don’t know one apple from another. Which one is the best for baking? Adding to a fruit salad? Which are sweet and which are more tart?
There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States and 7,500 varieties grown worldwide. That’s a whole lot of apples! Our friends at Michigan Apples have 16 varieties, each with its own unique flavor. Here’s a little more about each of them:
- Braeburn – A rich, spicy-flavored apple with a crisp bite. Great for baking or eating as is!
- Cortland – With a little tartness, this is a great baking apple. It’s a descendent of the McIntosh apple with a little bit sweeter of a taste.
- Empire – Perfect for a sweet and tart crunchy snack! Serve as apple slices or candy/caramel apples. Also great for baking.
- Fuji – Packs both a sweet and tart flavor with a low acid content, and a favorite in Japan. Enjoy fresh or baked.
- Gala – With a mellow sweetness and a crisp bite, this is one of the most popular Michigan Apple varieties. This is another good one for both snacking and baking.
- Ginger Gold – This apple has a sweet and spicy flavor, best served fresh.
- Golden Delicious – A gingery-smooth and sweet taste. Enjoy fresh for snacking or adding to salads. Also great for applesauce, cider, pies and desserts.
- Honeycrisp – One of the most popular apple varieties, and for good reason! With a unusual color, excellent sweet flavor and crisp bite, it’s perfect for fresh snacking.
- Ida Red – Great for all occasions! A tangy, tart taste with crisp and juice flesh, it’s favored for sauces, pies, desserts or snacking.
- Jonagold – Crisp and juicy with shades of tart and sweet, this apple is highly ranked by apple connoisseurs. Great fresh or for baking.
- Jonathan – Another popular variety that was discovered in Woodstock, NY. Both juicy with a spicy tang, this apple can be eaten fresh or cooked.
- McIntosh – This classic is juicy, tart and has an excellent aroma. Perfect for salads, applesauce, cider or pies.
- Northern Spy – An antique apple with tart, acidic properties that makes for great applesauce, pies or other baked goods.
- Paula Red – This late summer apple is only available into October. With a pleasingly tart flavors and good aroma, it’s great for lunchboxes or baking.
- Red Delicious – America’s #1 apple! Enjoy for fresh snacking with a full-flavored sweet taste and crisp texture.
- Rome – A mind, sweet apple that’s holds it flavor and shape well when baking.
Learn more about Michigan Apple varieties, plus get recipes, tips and more at michiganapples.com.