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A (different) Apple a Day.................!

There seems to be hundreds and hundreds of varieties of the apple. Tell us about the apples that grow in your region and what you do with them. What is your favourite(s)
or anything else you know about apples.

I love most varieties,however, the "Macintosh", with it's firm and slightly tart taste suits my pallet on most occasions. It grows abundantly here in Ontario, Canada along with several other varieties. I am intrigued by the aromatic description someone gave me about a "Snow apple" and am now anxious to encounter one but have been unable to do so.

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  1. I had a fuji apple from Aomori, a town in northern japan - while in hawaii. Stunning apple. Cgfan may be able to tell you more about it. They are quite renowned.

    http://flickr.com/photos/98128783@N00...

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      Kare raisu
      Arigoto
      .Did you have to pay $2.99 for one Fuji or for a basket?

       
        1. re: kare_raisu

          thank goodness our fuji apples are only $1.49/# here in dc metro.

    2. I remark often these days how when I was growing up there were exactly two kinds of apples (red and green) and one kind of orange. It's amazing how many varieties are out there and available now! Being a Minnesota gal, I'm partial to the Honeycrisp, developed at the University of Minnesota. They just launched a "new" apple last year described as tart and sweet with slightly tropical overtones? They named it SunSweet and it is just avialable to nurseries now, so expect to see commercial crops a few years down the road.

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      1. re: jennywinker

        When I can't get honeycrisp, my go to apple is usually Gala. Has to be crisp. Nothing worst than a soft or mushy apple. IMHO.

        1. re: jennywinker

          I adore honey crisp. I am obsessed with them. We get giant gorgeous ones out in Western WA. They are the crispiest, perfectly sweet apple I have ever had! I do not care a wit that they do not cook well. I am all about that crunchity - non chewy honey heaven!

          1. re: jennywinker

            I've always been an apple lover, but a number of years ago I fell absolutely in love with Honeycrisp apples. I mean completely gaga over them. I will hunt them down until the season is completely over with and have been known to pay an exhorbitant price for them as long as they are in prime condition. It drives my husband nuts.

            1. re: jennywinker

              I fell in love with Honeycrisp apples when I lived in Illinois, but I have not been able to find them in Houston. Saw a variety today called Jazz that looked similar but I haven't tried them yet.

              1. re: cycloneillini

                jazz apples are pretty darn good, but honeycrisp are just delicious! When I can find them, boy do i buy them! My apple must crunch (like most of my fruit.... apricots, peaches, nectarines, apples, plums) or else I just can't eat it.....

            2. I love gala apples and fuji. I just had a cameo for lunch, which I found very well balanced between sweet and tart. For me, I need an apple with a good amount of bite, and it is definitely preferred under ripe and a bit tart instead of ripe. I like this condition for pretty much all fruit (tomatoes and pomegranate are two exceptions I can think of off-hand). I prefer fruit at refrigetator temps, also. I'm pretty sure this stems from my childhood. My mom would buy only granny smiths and red delicious, and they would sit on the counter and become over-ripe and mealy. Gross.

              1. Our list of apples mentioned in this thread so far;

                MACINTOSH.................. ..( slightly tart)
                SNOW........................... ..( very aromatic)
                FUJI .................................( stunning-renown/expensive-Aomori, Japan)
                RED & GREEN................ ????????????????
                HONEY CRISP..................( developed at U OF MINN)
                SUN SWEET.....................(tart &sweet, tropical-under development Uof Minn)
                GALA................................ ?????????????
                CAMEO.............................( balanced between sweet & tart)
                WINESAP..........................( quite tart, good for baking)
                CORTLAND.......................(art, crisp-good with sharp cheddar & for pies-NY Hudson Vlly)
                PINK LADY........................(sweet,crisp, juicy-western N.C.)
                GRAVENSTEIN..................( sauce & for baking-grown throughout Europe & N. Calf)
                PINK LADY........................(sweet, crisp,juicy, not good for baking-western N.C.)
                JONAGOLDS.....................(very good for baking)
                ESOPUS SPITZENBURG....(tart, crisp, marvelous taste- grown local Hudson Valley NY)
                BLACK TWIG.....................(very tart, firm texture, marvelous taste- local Hudson Vlly NY)
                GOLDEN DELICOUS....................?????????????????
                NORTHERN SPY...............(a bit tart, crisp, all purpose, good for snacking)
                GOLDEN RUSSET.............( crisp, rose fragrant,spicy & sweet flavour, possibly cider-KS)
                cont'd

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                1. re: fruglescot

                  OUR LIST (cont'd)

                  KING LUCIOUS..........( big,crisp,mild, good for cooking-native NC Mountains)
                  RED DELICOUS.........( commonly found in SE of NA )
                  GOLDEN DELICOUS..( " " )
                  ARKANSAS BLACK...( " " )

                   
                  1. re: fruglescot

                    This is a terrific list so far! I'd love to hear from some people in the PNW too. My sister lives in Seattle and she says they have completely different apples than we have here in the NE. I hope others continue to add.

                2. One of my favorite sites for apples is The Apple Journal which has pictures and desciriptions of many known and lesser known apples, where they are grown and how best to enjoy them
                  http://www.applejournal.com/use001.htm

                  In Northern California where I live they say of the Gravenstein, an apple whose appearce in mid-August, signals the end of summer and start of fall to me ...

                  "Use fresh-eating, pies, sauce, baking

                  Gravenstein is probably the oldest and most distinctive summer variety. It is widely grown throughout Europe and in this country mainly in northern California. This is a variety that you want to find when it is in season, as the subtle and distinctive flavor does not stay at its peak for long. A beautiful red and yellow striped apple, Gravenstein is highly prized for sauce and for baking. The flavor and aroma are instantly recognizable and variously described as fruity or spicy. This is an excellent variety for dessert and culinary use, with a memorable and unusual flavor."

                  Some good previous Chowhound apple variety discussions
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/342399
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/351466
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/294217

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                  1. re: rworange

                    rworange, thanks for the applejournal link, and the other chow links.