There are thousands of apple varieties — more than 7,500 to be exact, though most don’t make it to your local supermarket. So many incredibly delicious kinds of apples are purely regional delights (and you lucky folks know who you are).
Still, there are lots of delightful choices no matter where you live, and no matter what your kitchen mission. We’ve highlighted several kinds that are commonly available in grocery stores to help you choose the apple that best suits your needs.
Looking for something crisp and sweet to toss into a beet salad? A Fuji might be the apple of your eye. Want something tangy and juicy for the perfect melt-in-your-mouth apple pie? A Braeburn or a Granny Smith could be your best bet.
Aside from color, flavor and texture, you’re a wise apple picker when you remember that apples are #1 on the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce — so choose organic whenever you can and step away from pesticide residues in YOUR favorite apples!
Now, go pick your apple and make something delicious.