Best Apples for Eating

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Planning to load up on apples while they're in season? Here's a list of the best apples for eating fresh. All of these varieties are juicy, flavorful, and crisp:

Sweet Apples

Crispin (Mutsu)
Fuji
Golden Delicious
Gala

Tart Apples

Cortland
Goldrush

Sweet/Tart Apples

Cameo
Ginger Gold
Honey Crisp
Liberty
McIntosh

Seek Out Heirloom Apples

Many of the apples that you find at the grocery store, including red delicious, have been bred to look good and ship well.

Taste is a mere afterthought. So, if you want a flavorful apple, seek out heirloom varieties. The list of eating apples that I just shared is really just a jumping off point. Visit a local farm or farmer's market to discover varieties that never make it to the grocery store -- varieties that are truly worth getting excited about. And, if you happen upon a variety that you really love, consider planting a few in your backyard. It takes a few years for an apple tree to start producing, but after that, you'll be set.​

Keep Your Fruit Bowl Full All Winter

Many apple varieties will stay fresh for months if you store them in the refrigerator or in a cool room, so it's definitely worth stocking up if you find a good deal on an apple that you enjoy. As a general rule, late season (harvested in October or November), thick-skinned, tart apples store best. Ask a farmer to recommend a variety, or cross-reference our list of keeping apples to find a variety that is both a good keeper and a good apple for eating fresh.

You'll be glad you did when you're still eating tasty apples in January.

Apples for Other Purposes

Planning to make a bunch of applesauce or apple butter while apples are in season? You'll want different apples for that. Here are the best apple to use for various purposes:

Apple Recipes to Try

While you're busy loading up on apples, be sure to pick some up for these recipes. They're ridiculously good and easy to make, too: