There’s only umpteen different varieties in the produce sectiuon…and honestly they all pretty much look the same…so how in the heck are you supposed to know which apple you should buy.
So you simply grab one…take it home…and find yourself disappointed.
That’s because you’re not choosing the right apple.
So here’s a primer on which apples are for what uses…before we move on to more interesting things like recipes for apple butter, applesauce, apple cake, and so forth.
Baked goods, such as pies or crisps, require a “firm”apple. This type of apple is referred to as a baking apple.
Baking apples need to be firm enough to maintain their shape through the cooking process. The best baking apples also offer a balance of sweet and tart flavors as well as flesh that doesn’t break down in the oven.
But there are SO many varieties of apples to choose from — over 2,500 in the United States alone — that it’s no confusing, to say the least, to know which apple to use for which recipe.