Apple Taste Test

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Since the Flavor of the Month is apples, I thought it would be fun to do an apple taste test.  We have so many great options here in Washington so it was also a great excuse to try them out and find a favorite (or 2 or 3!).  Since there are so many varieties, I focused on the red/reddish green options.  This means I didn’t include Golden Delicious or Granny Smith and several others you may already be familiar with.

So here we go:

Honeycrisp – This is probably a variety many of you have heard of.  It’s a crisp and somewhat tart apple that is super flavorful.  It’s the perfect apple to eat on its own or with peanut butter.  These would also be a great apple to use in a pie because they aren’t too sweet and will hold their shape when baked. It also tends to be one of the pricier apples, at between $2.50 and $3.50 per pound depending on where you shop.


Cripps Pink – We found this apple disappointing.  It has a thicker skin and is less tart.  It also doesn’t have much apple flavor.


Braeburn – I thought this was an apple I was going to like, but it just pales in comparison to the Honeycrisp.  It was mildly tart and not very crisp.


Sweetie – This apple lived up to its name, it was very sweet. It was also a dense apple with a thicker skin.  It’s a good candidate for making applesauce because you wouldn’t need much sugar.


Ambrosia – This apple was crisp with a thick skin.  It was a little tart and not too sweet.  It would be super tasty with peanut butter.  I would cal this the “porch pounder” of apples because it’s middle of the road but still flavorful.


McIntosh – This apple was the tartest of the batch.  It also has a thick skin and was fairly soft inside.  I would use this for a baked good where you don’t mind the apple getting mushy, like apple crisp.


Jazz – This apple wins the award for the juiciest.  It was also crisp and right in between sweet and tart.  It’s another great apple to eat on its own.


Fuji – Derek and I both agreed this apple was the most satisfying to eat.  It’s sweet, a little tart, and had the purest apple flavor.  It would be great in a salad also.


Envy – While this apple was sweet, it didn’t have much flavor.  It was crispy and juicy, though, so I think it would be a good apple to use for a candied or caramel apple.


Red “Delicious” – I’ve never uderstood the name of this apple, because it is such a disappointing apple.  It’s mushy, too sweet and has a thick skin.  No thank you!


So there you have it.  What are some of your favorite apples?








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