I thought it would be useful to compile a reference guide to some of these fruits and veggies that have different varieties and offer not only visual references but as well as what the different varieties taste like, the best cooking technique for each one, and a fun fact or two.
I have several of these guides/articles already written or in the works but I thought I would first start with apples since it is apple week! Below are some of the most common varieties of apples and a little information about each one. If you are looking for additional general information about apples (like proper storage tips, nutritional information, etc.) check out this article that I wrote last year as part of apple week.
A Guide to Apple Varieties:
Jazz Apples: Is a variety of apple originating from New Zealand that is now grown in France, Washington and Chile. Jazz apples are a cross between Gala and Braeburn apples and are red in color with yellow hues. They have a crunchy texture with a sweet and tangy flavor. Jazz apples can be enjoyed raw, baked in muffins, or cooked into applesauce.
Gala Apples: Originating from New Zealand, these apples have a bright red skin with hints of yellow coloring. Gala apples are medium in size and have a thin skin. Their mild sweet flavor and juicy, yet crisp flesh, makes them perfect for snacking or cooking in pies.
Fuji Apples: Originating from Japan, this medium-large apple is light-green to red in color and is sweet in flavor, making it ideal for applesauce and pie baking.
Pink Lady Apples: Reddish pink in color, this apple is a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams apples. Pink Lady apples have a sweet-tart flavor and take a longer period of time to turn brown after slicing, making them ideal for garnishes or salads.
Envy Apples: Originating in New Zealand, this apple is a cross between Braeburn and Gala apples. Envy apples have deep red skin with bright white flesh. It is crisp in texture and sweet in flavor.
Honeycrisp Apples: Large apples that are bright green and red in color. They are crisp and juicy, and have a sweet, honey-like flavor. They are a flavorful, crunchy snack eaten raw, or can be cooked and baked.
Braeburn Apples: Firm and juicy, with a crisper texture than other apple varieties; this apple has a sweet and tangy flavor. Braeburn apples are popular choices for snacking, cooking, and baking.
These are just a *few* popular apples available this fall at local grocery stores and markets, however there are hundreds of apple varieties found world-wide. What is your favorite?