What a comfortable fruit! Good right off the tree, good for storing, and absolutely wonderful for cooking! In fact, I'm having some apple jelly on toast for dessert tonight!
From the pages of the Farmer's Almanac, here is some interesting facts about apples!
Autumn Is for Apples
In Old England, this month was called Haervest-monath (Harvest Month). We like to think of it as the month of homegrown apples.
Almost any apple can be enjoyed when eaten fresh. However, not all apples are ideal for the kitchen. For example, the popular McIntosh might be great for eating off the tree, but its flesh is too tender to hold up to baking in a pie. However, the Cortland apple is a bit firmer than the Mac, so it’s a good choice for pies as well as sauces and salads.
Note: When it comes to cooking with apples, it may be helpful to know the following:
1 pound of apples = 2 large, 3 medium, or 4 to 5 small apples
1 pound of apples = 3 cups peeled and sliced apples
Below is a list with some of the best baking and cooking apples in North America.
Sauce...Tart, sweet, aromatic...tall shape, bright color
Pies, Sauces, Fruit Salad...Tart, crisp...larger than 'McIntosh'
Baking...Sweet and juicy, firm... red skin
Dried, Cider...Mild, sweet, juicy, crisp...yellow-orange skin with red striping (resembles a peach)
Baking...Moderately sweet, crisp flesh...green skin
Pie, Sauce...Tangy-sweet...Yellow top, red bottom
Sauce...Tart flesh, crisp, juicy...bright red on yellow skin
Sauce...Juicy, sweet, pinkish-white flesh...red skin
Pie, Sauce, Cider...Sweet-tart flesh, crisp...greenish-yellow skin
Pie...Very tart, distinctively flavored...grass-green skin, tending toward yellow/orange
Baking, Cider...Mildly tart, crisp...greenish-white flesh, thick skin
Sauce, Pie, Cider...Very juicy, sweet-sour flavor, winey, aromatic...sturdy, red skin
No matter how you cook them, I love me some good ol' apple pie, apple fritters, apple cake, apple juice, apple dumplings, apple...well, you get the picture!
How about coffee on the patio this morning...with some biscuits and apple jelly?