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How to pick out and store these year-round treats.

How to Pick Out Apples at the Store

Apples come in so many flavors and textures that picking the right type can often make or break your dish. For baking, the best boast firm textures that can take the heat. For applesauce, softer apples are preferred. Read more about apple varieties in Baking with Apples.

    How to Store Apples

    Though best in autumn, apples are available year-round. Store in a dry, cool place. They'll keep best if the individual apples don't touch--it's true, one bad apple spoils the bunch! If you store them in the fridge, keep them away from lettuce and other delicate produce, as apples cause fruits and vegetables to ripen and/or spoil faster.

      Meet the Perfect Apple

      Of the 2,500 apple varieties grown in the U.S. today, eight account for 80 percent of production. Because they're often grown for the attractiveness of shape and color as much as for taste, it can pay to sample the more exotic varieties found at farmer's markets. You might find the apple you've been looking for all your life!

        Sep. 24, 2010 9:17 pm
        I have found that the mutsu apple makes the best apple butter. They can be found in orchards in S.W. Ohio. They are not a hardy apple so they have to be used quickly after picking, but, the flavor like a cross between a Yellow Delicious and a Granny Smith. Basically, a flavor all its own. If you can find this apple, give it a try, I know you won't be disappointed.
        Sep. 25, 2010 8:15 am
        I love HoneyCrisp apples. Unfortunately, they are more expensive than the usual types. When I can't find them, Jazz apples are a good substitute. For eating, these two cannot be beat. HoneyCrisp seems to not be available after December. It is late September and I just saw HoneyCrisp in Target! They run $2.29 a lb. but they are worth every penny!
        Sep. 26, 2010 9:29 am
        Transparent apples make the best apple sauce and Lodi is second.The best apple for eating isn't the best for sauces, I've learned.
        Sep. 27, 2010 1:54 pm
        Mutsu apples are also known as Crispin, and they're available in N.E. Ohio where I am from. And they are a wonderful eating apple too!
        Sep. 29, 2013 7:48 am
        Mutsu apples are also available in East Tennessee as I just moved down here and found them at the Apple festival in town.
        Nov. 10, 2013 9:59 am
        Fuji and Golden delicious taste wonderful in a pie....
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