Always on the lookout for new healthy foods to introduce to my family, I love that my local groceries have been increasing the variety of fruits and vegetables they offer over the past couple of years. It is a special treat for the kids and I to discover a new to us delight, although often buying a new fruit can be a bit of an adventure. While the unique look certainly catches the eye, we usually do not know if we have scored a new family favorite until the revealing taste test at home.
Although one of our local chains sported a fruit and vegetable guide in the produce section, I was disappointed to discover that many of the pages listed in the table of contents were missing, especially those describing the new arrivals. It is so helpful to know, before you make a produce purchase, what to look for in regard to ripeness, as well as what to expect in taste and suggestions for preparation and serving.
Certainly, we don't often miss the mark when purchasing our tried and true fruit favorite, such as crisp Michigan apples, however, even within such a popular fruit category, the choices can become quickly overwhelming. With each member of the family having a bit of a different take on what makes for the best apple bite, knowing a bit about what to expect from each variety can be tremendously helpful before filling a bag at the store.
Best Apple Varieties For Eating
Gala ~ Sweet and mild
Fuji ~ Sweet and crisp.
Empire ~ Sweet and firm
Jonagold ~ Sweet and tart
Ginger Gold ~ Tart and mild
Golden Delicious ~ Sweet and soft
Red Delicious ~ Sweet and crisp
Honey Crisp ~ Sweet and crisp
Jonathon ~ Sweet and tangy
Paula Red ~ Tart and firm
McIntosh ~ Tart and soft
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