Whether you prefer red, yellow, pink or green, there is so much more to apples than simply which colour they are. In fact, there are thousands of different varieties of the crunchy fruit, which are bursting with fibre, antioxidants and vitamins.
An everyday favourite, which is as reliable as a cosy blanket on a cold winter’s evening, is the Red Delicious. Sure, the skin can be chewy and stick between your teeth but the flesh inside has a mild, almost melon-like, sweet flavour and is juicy enough to quench a thirst. No wonder it’s a popular choice for having in your bag for when you need a pick-me-up between meals.
The Gala, originally from Australia, overtook the Red Delicious in 2018 as the most produced apple in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. Similarly crisp, it has a tart taste and bright skin. The Fuji apple was created in Japan as a cross between US favourites Red Delicious and Virginia Ralls Genet, and is one of the most popular sweet choices.
Bigger and harder than the others, the Granny Smith apple is one of the oldest varieties, which was found as a seedling growing in a rubbish dump in Australia in the 1860s. It’s the go-to apple for baking and cooking with, due to its acidic and sharp taste, giving apple pie that delicious tart bite and adding a zing to apple sauce poured over crispy pork belly. So popular was the Granny Smith in the 1960s that legendary British band The Beatles used an image of one to front their Apple Records label.
Honeycrisp apples are a wonderfully scented popular choice among Americans. It was developed in Minnesota in the 1960s before coming to market in the nineties. Yellow, and sweet like honey, the Golden Delicious is perhaps the most common apple – and the most reliable in terms of versatility. Sliced and dipped in nut butters, or grated into a salad, they are extremely adaptable.
Then for those who like a glass of champagne, the Pink Lady apple is the one to reach out for thanks to its natural fizz. These blush beauties are a cross between the Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, and the prettiest of all the varieties.
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