September is the time of year when we are blessed with a bounty of orchard-fresh apples! From tart to sweet, there is certainly no shortage of varieties available to us. While we usually have no problem buying apples all year round, there are a few types (e.g. the Jonamac and Honeycrisp) that are only available during peak season. Here in Florida, these type of apples make an appearance for a short period of time. Because of that reason, I try to enjoy them in the here and now.
If you are wanting to experiment this season with some new and delicious apple recipes, let me suggest this excellent book – The Apple Lover’s Cookbook. An excellent resource, it won the IACP Best Cookbook award in 2012. While I am only writing about a few apple varieties in this post, The Apple Lover’s Cookbook offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine different types of apples. Prepare to be inspired!
If you are going to slice, dice, peel and core apples … then you certainly need the right tools at your disposal to ensure the best possible results. While most of us already have knifes and cutting boards, I would dare say that there are some of us that don’t have a quality cast steel Apple Peeler/Corer. One of the main complaints I hear from people regarding cooking and baking with apples is that it “takes so long” to prepare them. That won’t be the case if you invest in a great Apple Peeler that has a superior design made out of quality steel, and is extremely easy to use – with very little mess.
I have listed below a variety of apples that I am fond of using – either for cooking, baking, or eating out of hand.
- Fuji – A popular sweet apple. Fuji apples also have a very long shelf life compared to other apples.
- Granny Smith – Wonderful apple for savory dishes. The fruit has hard, light green skin and a crisp, juicy flesh.
- Honeycrisp – These are great for snacking or baking. Crisp and honey-sweet, they make for a juicy bite.
- Golden Delicious – Perfect apples for baking. An old-fashioned favorite, with a mellow and sweet flavor.
- Envy – Whether sliced on top of a salad or eaten “au naturel”, this apple is crispy – with a sweet taste.
- Jonamac – A cross between Jonathan and McIntosh apples. A great eating apple, with a slight honey taste.
- Gala – Crisp, aromatic, and sweet. These are a favorite for eating straight out of hand.
Now that you know what type of apples to use, why not enjoy their bounty today? I make the following two recipes each and every Fall. It is a family tradition that won’t soon be broken. May you enjoy your Harvest Splendor and all the goodness that goes with it!