Almost any apple can be enjoyed when eaten fresh. However, not all apples are ideal for the kitchen. Below is a chart with some of the best baking and cooking apples in North America.
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
As you cook those apples, here are some of our favorite apple recipes:
For more about apples, see our Related Articles (above) and see recipes using apples.
Please post your favorite apple varieties and any cooking tips below!
|NAME||Best Uses||Flavor Characteristic, Appearance|
|Braeburn||Sauce||Tart, sweet, aromatic, tall shape, bright color|
|Cortland||Pies, Sauces, Fruit Salad||Tart, crisp, larger than 'McIntosh'|
|Fuji||Baking||Sweet and juicy, firm, red skin|
|Gala||Dried, Cider||Mild, sweet, juicy, crisp, yellow-orange skin with red striping (resembles a peach)|
|Granny Smith||Baking||Moderately sweet, crisp flesh, green skin|
|Jonagold||Pie, Sauce||Tangy-sweet, Yellow top, red bottom|
|Jonathan||Sauce||Tart flesh, crisp, juicy, bright red on yellow skin|
|McIntosh||Sauce||Juicy, sweet, pinkish-white flesh, red skin|
|Newtown Pippin||Pie, Sauce, Cider||Sweet-tart flesh, crisp, greenish-yellow skin|
|Rhode Island Greening||Pie||Very tart, distinctively flavored, grass-green skin, tending toward yellow/orange|
|Rome Beauty||Baking, Cider||Mildly tart, crisp, greenish-white flesh, thick skin|
|Winesap||Sauce, Pie, Cider||Very juicy, sweet-sour flavor, winey, aromatic, sturdy, red skin|
See "Related Articles" above for more about apples—planting apple trees, apple crafts, apple recipes!