Did you know that the McIntosh is the national apple of Canada? It’s also my favorite apple. Crunch down on a tart Granny Smith, savor a sweet Mac, or slice up the Braeburn, anyway you cut it, apples are my favorite fruit. There are so many varieties to choose from. McIntosh is crisp, juicy, and sweet. Red Delicious is very sweet but a bit starchy and mushy. If you like them tart, Granny Smith ranks right up there and is a good baked. Rome apples are mildly sweet and good for cooking and baking. The Macoun is a hybrid of a McIntosh and Jersey Black apples. Empire apples are red, juicy, firm, crunchy, and sweet. Golden Delicious, another fave of mine, is sweet, good raw or cooked, and great juiced or as cider. There are so many hybrids too, and they all have their appeal, no pun intended.
I enjoy snacking on apples, especially dipped in peanut butter, caramel sauce, or a salad dressing. Baked apple with ice cream is a good way to end a meal. Low in calories, dependent on the size, of course, and no points for the Weight Watcher counters.
One of the reasons I love the fall so much is it’s apple picking season! Yes, you can find many orchards ripe with the red, green, yellow, or shades between.
As a youngster, I enjoyed going to a Jersey markets, especially Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, for fresh apples, apple pie, apple cider, and apple doughnuts.
As a parent, I enjoyed watching my son pick his own apples and a pumpkin or two from the orchards at various farms in Upstate New York and in New Jersey. While some of the farmland is gone, there are still plenty of places to relive those moments and enjoy the fruits of your labor. For a listing of places to pick your own, check out the Best Apple Picking Farms and Orchards for Families Near NYC in Time Out Kids, or go to New Jersey Family’s article on Pick Your Own Apples in New Jersey.