Return to Content

Apple Guide | How to Match the Apple to the Recipe

Apple Guide | How to Match the Apple to the Recipe
0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)
Print Friendly

Apple varieties are as individual as people, with their own quirky flavors, textures, and strengths. Some perform best in desserts, others in salads. You can’t tell by simply looking at them. I’ve taken some of the guesswork out of this process by organizing dozens of popular varieties into four simple categories in this apple guide. Learn which correspond to their best uses in the kitchen: firm-tart, firm-sweet, tender-tart, and tender-sweet.

These apples, which hold their shape when cooked, are best in rich baked desserts like pies or pastries—anything that benefits from a bit of acidity.
Calville Blanc d’Hiver
Esopus Spitzenberg
GoldRush *
Granny Smith
Northern Spy
Rhode Island Greening
Roxbury Russet
Sierra Beauty
Stayman Winesap *

These apples work best in sweet and savory baked dishes that need a firm fruit with more sweetness.
Black Oxford
Blue Pearmain
Ginger Gold *
Golden Delicious *
Pink Lady
Sweet Tango

These apples break down easily during cooking, which makes them best for soups and sauces.
Cortland *
Empire *

I use some of these in salads, dessert sauces, and the occasional quick-cooked dish, but mostly enjoy them right out of my hand.
Cox’s Orange Pippin
Fuji *
Gala *

* apple variety that doesn’t brown quickly when sliced; a good choice for salads

Download the Printable Version of the Apple Guide.

Amy Traverso


Amy Traverso


Senior lifestyle editor Amy Traverso oversees Yankee's Food and Home & Garden departments and contributes articles to the magazine. Amy book, The Apple Lover's Cookbook (W.W. Norton), won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for the category American. Follow !

Give the Gift of Yankee Magazine and get a Gift in Return!

Send a one-year gift subscription of Yankee Magazine for only $17.99 a 50% savings. In return we will send you a free 2016 Scenes of New England Calendar (a $9.95 value)!


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

We reserve the right to remove or edit comments that are offensive or disrespectful to our readers and/or writers, cannot be verified, lack clarity, or contain profanity. Your comments may be republished by Yankee Magazine across multiple platforms.

Register Sign In

©2015, Yankee Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Yankee Publishing Inc., | P.O. Box 520, Dublin, NH 03444 | (603) 563-8111

< Prev

Stretching Exercises for Your Lobster Dinner

stretching lobsterDon't be intimidated by the high cost of owning your own lobster. With the following ...

Related Articles

Next >

Recipes from a Picky Eater | Best Cook

Cutting the dough into gnocchi-size pieces.Friends in Vermont call Adele Dienno the best cook they know; her flavors come from ...

Related Articles