Apples are a kitchen staple, whether you’re picking them right off the vine or folding them into a pie. Choosing the right apple can make or break a recipe–this post will tell you which apples for cooking I prefer and why.
Did you know there are 2,500 varieties of apples in the United States? Across the world, there are even more–estimates clock in at around 7,500 kinds. Before you feel overwhelmed, know that there are just 100 types of apples that have been selected for commercial cultivation, and this is precisely what ends up on shelves and in the orchards throughout the country.
From those 100 varieties of apples, I have my favorite apples for cooking. Texture, taste, and sugar level are all differentiating factors in different kinds of apples, and what works for one type of recipe may not work for another.
When picking apples for a specific type of recipe, try to think about what are the most critical aspects of the final product: is texture a make-or-break quality, like an apple pie? Or will you be adding different fruit, and therefore playing with varying amounts of natural sugars?…