An Apple Is An Apple Is An Apple Or Not

| 10/14/2015 8:47:00 AM

Country MoonEver since I can remember, our kitchen has been decorated in apple décor. When we re-modeled the kitchen a few years ago our grandson Wyatt asked if I was going to change the theme. “Absolutely not!” I said. He then said, “You have to be tired of apples, what about grapes, cherries or tomatoes and peppers?”

I was firm, “Nope, nope, and no!” Somehow decorating with apples just says “country.” It brings a cozy, rustic and simple ambience to any room, especially the kitchen. How can you help but conjure up sweet memories of Grandma’s apple pie, fresh-squeezed cider and applesauce simmering on the stove? Apples say “Come on in, kick your shoes off and enjoy a quieter life for a spell.”

Yes, fall is the season for apples. There are tried and true varieties that everyone remembers like Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and McIntosh. However, lately there are a host of new varieties on the horizon. How do you know which apple is best for eating, cooking and baking? Which ones store best? What about the flavors?

There are literally thousands of apple varieties grown around the world, with 100 of those varieties grown here in the United States. It is the most popular fruit enjoyed around the world, with 80% of the world’s population laying claims to enjoying a crisp and tart apple.

Apple baskets

Here is a lowdown on some old standbys and some newer varieties to hit the fruit stands: