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Best Apple Varieties

Let's Dish: What's Your Favorite Apple and Why?

One of my favorite discoveries at this year's Food Fête was the Lady Alice, a Washington-bred apple variety that's recently entered the mass market. Like a Pink Lady, the Lady Alice was painted with a mix of red, yellow, and green, but had an even deeper blush color. One bite revealed that it's both tart and intensely sweet, with a startling juicy crispness. I was told they'd hit Safeway stores in a few months. Until then, I'll just have to dream about my new favorite apple! What's your preferred variety and why?

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lauren lauren 6 years
I just tried an pinata apple, if you find one buy it! Super delicious! Still looking for the sweetangoes! Must keep looking!
MytwoMOdogs MytwoMOdogs 7 years
P.S. I just read the info from Yumsugar about the Honeycrisp. Thanks! I've never heard of them.
MytwoMOdogs MytwoMOdogs 7 years
I like Brae burn apples. I can't stand really sour apples and the Delicious kind is way too mushy. Gala apples are good, too.
C-Ruth C-Ruth 7 years
pink ladies
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I love Gravenstein apples! They're grown in a town called Sebastopol about 20 minutes from me. They have a great apple fair every year with all kinds of gravenstein goodies!
runnereater runnereater 7 years
Fujis and pink ladies are my favorite. Red delicious apples are ironic most of the time.
Pampire Pampire 7 years
Grannysmith! I like my apples tart! I also like Pink Lady and Fugi. I really want an apple now after reading all the comments!
dollyd dollyd 7 years
Jazz and Pink Lady are my favorites but I was raised on Empires and can't not give them a shout out!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
Honey Crisp. I can find awesome ones at Whole Foods. Good ones at Target and OK ones at Publix. I have two in my refrigerator that I can't wait to devour!
Food Food 7 years
Oh my goodness, I am salivating over an apple right now...(it's not even 10 yet!)
susanec susanec 7 years
Ambrosias are great, this is the first year I've had them. Just tart enough but crisp and sweet. Then Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp.
mek123 mek123 7 years
Ambrosia apples are the best but also a short season and expensive. I will have to look for Honeycrisps, never heard of them before.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 7 years
Gala! Not too sweet not too tart good texture!
courtney3 courtney3 7 years
fuji-perfect sweetness, perfect tartness, and so juicy!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Lauren- The SweeTangos rock! They were developed in Minnesota (like the Honeycrisp!), and had their first season in the metro area this past fall. People went batshit crazy over them, and the markets couldn't keep them stocked. Unfortunately for SweeTangos, the brief season is over. *sobbing while anticipating the arrival of September 2010*
lauren lauren 7 years
Yum, I will pick you up one at Berkeley bowl this weekend! They are the best, my husband's great aunt told me about them in early in the apple season and every since I have been HOOKED! fuzzles, I will have to try the Sweetango one, I have never had it!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Honeycrisps and the related SweeTango--parent varieties are the honeycrisp and the zestar! varieties. Sweet, crisp, and with the later, a very mild spicy flavor that reminds me slightly of baking spices. YumSugar- If you can't find honeycrisps at your local market, this is the number to call: 1-800-652-3779. If they are still available for shipping, Pepin Heights orchard in Minnesota will take very good care of you! You can also check out their website at
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
fuji is my favorite. but i also love golden delicious!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I really like Braeburns and Gala apples, but in the fall I love a nice fresh Cortland or a Jonathan apple from the local orchard. I would probably eat Honey Crisps more often if they weren't so freakin' expensive.
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 7 years
I like Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples. Where can I find Honey Crisp?
dootsie dootsie 7 years
Stayman! I'm a huge fan of winesap apples, and stayman has a fabulous texture.
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