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How to Pick the Right Apples for Fall Recipes

October 6, 2014

Comparing Apples to Apples

Coborn's Blog: Apple Cranberry SaladAs any apple enthusiast will tell you, October is a month worth celebrating – it’s National Apple Month! Originally founded in 1904 as National Apple Week, the celebration was expanded to the entire month to enhance apple appreciation, awareness and industry. And lucky for us, Minnesota has tons of delicious apples to choose from. Here are some of the most popular Minnesota apples and how you can enjoy them.

Minnesota Apple Varieties

Variety Flavor
Paula Red Slightly Tart
Wealthy Slightly Tart
McIntosh Slightly Tart
Cortland Slightly Tart
Honeycrisp Sweet
Regent Sweet
Haralson Tart
Fireside Sweet

Slightly Tart Apple Recipes

Rustic Cinnamon Apple TartSlightly tart apples are generally the best option when baking apple recipes that exude apple flavor and crispness. They don’t overpower the dessert with too much sweet flavor, and generally hold their crispy stature even after baked. For example, the Cortland apple, which is juicy and slightly tart with a red skin and a bright white inside, is one of the most popular for making apple crisps, cobblers and pies.

Slightly tart apples can be made into, and go along with just about everything. Some of our favorites include:

Sweet Apple Recipes

Braised Pork Medallions with ApplesAlthough these deliciously sweet apples also bake into apple crisps and pies well too, their flavors really excel in non-traditional apple recipes. Use sweet apples for a non-sweet dish – their juicy, light and crisp flavors will really spruce up an otherwise basic meal!

Tart Apple Recipes

Snicker Salad RecipeUsed often in apple butter and sauces, in pies and tarts, as well as mixed in fruit salads – tart apples are less sweet and generally a little more sour. They add a unique kick to recipes and work well as sauces and butters due to their spreadable consistency. The most popular tart apple is the Granny Smith, but we love our Minnesota Haralson just the same!

Note: When it comes to cooking with apples, it may be helpful to know the following:

1 pound of apples = 2 large, 3 medium, or 4 to 5 small apples

1 pound of apples = 3 cups peeled and sliced apples


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