Best Apple Varieties: Perfect Fruit For Eating and Baking

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Best Apple Varieties – There are so many apple varieties to choose from at a farmer’s market! It is not always easy to recognize which apple is perfect for pie and which one tastes best as a healthy, juicy snack.

As we ease out of summer and into fall, I’ve been checking the local farmer’s markets for fresh-picked apples.


Apple Picking Time!

Best Apple Varieties for eating and cooking

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Years ago, we used to make special trips to pick our own at some of the best-known orchards in the area. With everyone’s busy schedule, we now let the orchard markets come to us although we miss the close-up view of the Shenandoah Mountains.

It is so much easier to have them pick bushels of the various apple varieties than to hike the entire orchard in search of perfect munching or baking apple varieties.


Apples are one of my favorite fall fruits. There is a long list of recipes that are always among the most requested by family members:

  • At the top of the list is Apple Pie in just about any form – Dutch style to a crumb topping.
  • In our family, an apple cake took center stage as my sister’s wedding cake.
  • Caramel Aapples are synonymous with Halloween and the perfect treat for spook night gatherings.
  • Have you ever heard anyone refuse a baked apple? Check the link at the bottom of this post.  It is the ultimate in sweet comfort food.

Let’s check out the many varieties of both summer and winter apples available to fill fruit bowls, bake, cook and of course just eat.

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List of the Best Apple Varieties!

Apples for general use (some of which I have never come across):

  • Baldwin
  • Jonathan
  • King David
  • McIntosh
  • Northern Spy
  • Spitzenberg
  • York Imperial
  • Wealthy
  • Yellow Newton

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Apples to fill our fruit bowls:

  • Red Delicious
  • Golden Delicious
  • Winesap
  • Grimes Golden
  • Honeycrisp

Perfect apples for baking:

  • Rome
  • Beauty
  • Stayman
  • Arkansas Black
  • Gravenstein
  • Yellow Transparent
  • Duchess

Cook with these apples:

  • Arkansas Black
  • Baldwin
  • McIntosh
  • Rhode Island Greening
  • Stayman
  • Winesap
  • Starr
  • Duchess



Be sure to visit the Virginia Apple Grower’s Association website for a complete list of pick-your-own farms and orchards as well as a guide to county and statewide apple festivals and events.

Picture this… Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples.  This is going on my list of recipes for baked goodies.

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