cooking tips

how do you like them apples?

With over 100 varieties grown across the United States, we’ve got an apple for every taste and any recipe.

apple pie

best for baking

Apple pies, apple fritters, apple tarts—there’s no denying an apple’s versatility in baking. When cooking, reach for apples with a mildly tart flavor. Rome Beauty, Jonagold, and Granny Smith keep their shape when cooked and add a signature tart flavor to any dish.

apples and apple chips

snack or slice

Looking for an afternoon snack? A Gala apple’s size and sweetness make it a kid-friendly choice, while a Honeycrisp lives up to its name with its juicy, crispy crunch. If you prefer a more distinct taste, cook an apple to make dried apple slices or add a dollop of peanut butter to make a more well-rounded, nutritious snack.

apple sauce

simmer into sauce

To make a refreshing, savory applesauce, we recommend Fuji apples—no need to add sugar, as they’re extra-sweet on their own. If you prefer something a bit more tart, the McIntosh will do nicely with its tangy flavor balancing its tender texture.

glass of cider

the right-sized basket

Not sure how many apples you need? One pound is roughly 4 small, 3 medium, or 2 large apples. So when you’re making a10-inch apple pie and the recipe calls for 2½ pounds, pick up around 9 small, 7 medium, or 5 large apples.

woman eating apple

a beneficial bite

We all know how doctors feel about apples—but it’s the truth! A large apple contains 5 grams of fiber, which maintains healthy glucose levels, reduces the risk of heart disease, and promotes good digestion. Furthermore, an apple is fat and cholesterol-free, and low in sodium and calories, which helps you maintain a healthy weight.

fridge full of apples

keep 'em crisp

While fruit bowls are pretty to look at, store apples in the fridge to keep them crisp longer. When kept cold, apples can stay crunchy for weeks. Just be sure to keep them away from aromatic foods like onions, as apples can absorb odor.