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The Best Apples for Eating Fresh

Barbara enjoys writing about the things I love. Her hobbies include gardening, crochet, reading the Bible, cooking, and home remedies.

These apples are my favorites to eat and serve fresh.

These apples are my favorites to eat and serve fresh.

Different apples are better eaten cooked and others are best for fresh eating. Different people like different apples, but I am including those that seem to be popular with almost everyone.

Which apple you are looking for will depend on different factors. Do you like a soft apple or a crisper apple? Do you want them to store well? Some apples don't. A few people like a sour apple, but most seem to like a sweet apple and some apples are sweet and tart. When I purchase apples I like to choose a type that can both be eaten fresh and be made into applesauce too. You need to take all of these things into consideration when choosing which type of apple you want to buy.

Types of Apples

Each type of apple has it own distinct flavor. Try several and find your favorite. My grandmother's favorite was the old fashioned Jonathon apple, but my kid's love the new Honeycrisp. My son wants Golden Delicious every once in a while for its distinct taste.

  • Arkansas Black Apples—This is a sweet apple with a semi-tart taste. The skin is so deep colored that it almost looks black. It isn't a good cooking apple because the flesh is very firm.
  • Autumn Gala—This apple is crisp and sweet and isn't recommended for cooking. The apple has a wonderful aroma.
  • Braeburn—These apples have a unique flavor all their own with a cross of sweet and tart flavor. The skin is a reddish/orange/yellow on a green background. They store well. It is considered a superior apple for eating.
  • Cameo—This apple is believed to be from an accidental cross between a Golden Delicious and a Red Delicious apple. It has a nice aroma and a firm and crisp texture. The apple is grown in the state of Washington and is rapidly becoming a favorite there. It is said to have a wonderful taste and isn't easy to find everywhere.
  • Cortland—This is a sweet apple. It has an extra white flesh and makes a good dessert apple. It is known as one of the best apples to use when cooking and is slow to discolor after it is cut.
  • Empire—This apple is sweet, juicy, and crisp and is a great eating apple. It is also good for cooking.
  • Fuji—The Fuji is crisp, sweet, juicy and never mealy apple. It will stores well.
  • Gala—This apple is crisp and sweet with a wondreful aroma. It must be refrigerated and then only keeps for a few weeks.
  • Golden Delicious—The Golden Delicious has its one distinct taste that is nice and sweet. This is an all around apple that is good for sauce, salads and fresh eating.
  • Granny Smith—This apple is for those that like a sweet, but tart taste. Many people like these for fresh eating, but they are supposed to especially good for apple pie. The apple is a bright green with a pink blush.
  • Grimes Golden—Has a spicy taste with a tang. It is and older variety that is believed to be one of the parents of the Gold Delicious apple. It has a hint of spiciness that the Golden Delicious doesn't have.
  • Golden Supreme—This is a tasty apple with a smooth texture. It is an all-around apple for fresh eating and cooking both.
  • Honeycrisp—Honeycrisp has an outstanding crisp texture and sweetness. This apple is becoming very popular and a favorite of many people.
  • Ida Red—This is a sweet juicy apple with a firm and crisp flesh. It has a nice odor and works well for both cooking and eating.
  • Jersey Mac—Jersey Mac is a mackintosh apple that ripens earlier than the older variety. It has all of the same good qualities.
  • Jonagold—This apple is said to be juicy, firm and crisp with a fine texture. It is an award winning apple which says it all. The apple is a blend of Golden Delicious and Jonathan apples.
  • Johnathon—This is an older apple that you don't see as often in the stores anymore. It has a rich flavor and is considered one of the best. It has just a little bit of tartness.
  • Liberty—The liberty is a good tasting apple that is crisp, juicy and has a fine texture. It can be used for both cooking and fresh eating.
  • Macoun—This is a crisp apple with a sweet/tart flavor. It is also a good cooking apple.
  • McIntosh—The McIntosh is good for eating and cooking. Some consider this apple the one to compare other apples to when looking for flavor. It is juicy when baked. I use these to make applesauce and fresh eating. I also microwave them for about 2 minutes and have a juicy baked apple.
  • Mutsu Crispin—This is a very juicy apple that is good for both cooking and eating.
  • Paula Red—This is a slighty tart and tangy apple. It is good for both eating and cooking.
  • Red Delicious—Red Delicious is a crisp apple that is good for fresh eating, but is not good for cooking.
  • Red Rome—This is a sweet and firm apple that is good for both fresh eating and cooking.
  • Winesap—Winesap has a spicy flavor all its own. The apple is popular for making cider, but is good for fresh eating too.

There are many more regional favorites that I didn't include, but these are the most popular and well-known on the market. After you find your favorite, buy a bagful.

Golden Delicious Apple

Golden Delicious—This apple isn't listed above, but is one of my favorites.

Golden Delicious—This apple isn't listed above, but is one of my favorites.

© 2011 Barbara Badder

Comments

Debbie on December 20, 2017:

How could you leave the Ambrosia off your list? I've been apple tasting lately and so far I rate this #1 for eating apples...

Warren on November 19, 2017:

Red Delicious apples are a gamble. You have to get the right strain. It's my understanding that the original Red Delicious apples were really something special, but as breeders worked on things other than taste, the taste was forgotten. Nowadays, when you buy them, you might go home with a bag full of beautiful but tasteless apples.

Warren on November 17, 2017:

I like Braeburn, Fuji, and Golden Delicious, and they're all readily available. I also frequently buy Granny Smith, which I like in a different way. However, my favorite apple of all time is the Ambrosia. Unfortunately, I haven't seen it for a few years.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on November 17, 2017:

Patrick, It is just a matter of not being familiar with them. Thanks for adding them.

Patrick Rimes on November 16, 2017:

Curious that no one lists Jazz apples from New Zealand. These are some of the best apples I have ever eaten

Tim on July 09, 2017:

Kiku apples are my current favorite. Juicy and sweet.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on March 11, 2015:

peachpurple, Yes they are good and so many different flavors to choose from. Thanks for commenting.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 11, 2015:

i like crisp apples, lots of juicy and great for salads

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 18, 2013:

Marshall, I think everyone has their favorite. I agree that these are good.

Marshall Turndra on September 16, 2013:

I'll take a McIntosh for a Red Delicious any day.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 16, 2013:

Nikulastime, What a a name for an apple. Our stores don't carry that much variety. We do have a few produce stores around though and I'll look for it.

Nikulasttime on February 16, 2013:

Barbara Kay,

It's here, though not common--yet. I buy it at a tiny local hole-in-the-wall grocer when I can (I live in San Diego), and a friend of mine in Atlanta told me only a few days ago that she had enjoyed some last year. As if that's not enough, I found yet another new apple yesterday when I went shopping. It's called "Envy" . Really, that's it name, and it's pretty good. I had already added Braeburn to my shipping cart, so I had to content myself with a sample sliver, but I'll be buying some the next tine I go.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 15, 2013:

Nikulastime, Thanks for sharing. I haven't heard of that one yet. I'm not sure if we have it in the US or not. I'll have to look around.

Nikulasttime on February 14, 2013:

Until now, Braeburn and Fuji have been my favorite apples, but they have been dethroned by a new entry from Canada: Ambrosia, it's the greatest. Here's a short article on it from Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrosia_(apple)

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on October 04, 2012:

Hitoricus, I don't think I've tried the Cortlands myself. I'll have to look for them. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Jerry Desko from Cashtown, PA on October 04, 2012:

I love the Cortlands especially from northern climates to get that crispy snap and crackle. The small pleasures of Nature are the best!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on October 03, 2012:

dobo700, I've heard of Gala apples, but not Royal Gala. You must be right that it is an Australian one. Thanks for reading and commenting.

dobo700 from Australia on October 03, 2012:

Must be an Australian type, but my favorite is Royal Gala

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 08, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan, The Honeycrisps are popular in my house too. They are good for cooking also, so are a good choice. I just wish they weren't so expensive here.

Claudia Mitchell on September 08, 2012:

Great list and I want to run out to the orchard and buy lots of apples. In my book the winesaps can't be beaten, but they are hard to find. Honeycrisps are good too.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 11, 2012:

B. Leekley, I actually wrote the hub to save the information for myself. Thanks for doing so much sharing.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on June 11, 2012:

Useful and Interesting. Liked on Facebook and shared on Twitter and Pinterest and with hub followers. I'm glad to have this information about apples.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on November 24, 2011:

bangingbeauty, There are lots more that I didn't mention. Different state have different varieties that I never heard of either. Thanks for commenting.

bangingbeauty on November 24, 2011:

I didn't know there were so many types of apples out there. I am only familiar with maybe a few mentioned above and this article really helps to improve our knowledge. Great information!

Moon Daisy from London on November 03, 2011:

There were some samples we could try. But they were all so delicious that I think most people ended up buying a ton of them! I love apple festivals, glad you have one too.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on November 03, 2011:

Moon Daisy, I think Galas are good too. We have an apple festival in Coldwater, Michigan, but I've never seen them offer free samples. That would be nice.

Moon Daisy from London on November 03, 2011:

We love Galas in our house. And you taught me something, as I didn't think about keeping them in the fridge. Thanks for the tip. I love other apples too, but I always forget the names of them. Last summer we went to a great apple festival, where we could try all different kinds, it was really lovely! :)

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on November 03, 2011:

billips, Thanks for your comment. I'm going to have to buy some Granny Smiths this week.

billips from Central Texas on November 02, 2011:

Very interesting article - learned about some types of apples that were new to me - I love the crisp ones - and I agree with North Wind - Granny Smiths are hands down the best for pies.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on November 02, 2011:

b.Malin Thanks for your comments. I don't think I've ever tried the Granny Smith except for apple pies. I'll have try that one this year.

b. Malin on November 01, 2011:

We Love the Gala, Granny Smith, And Fuji. Good Informative Hub on the rest of Apple land, Barbara.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on November 01, 2011:

Topnewhottoys, Thanks for commenting. The good thing is that apples are good for you too.

Topnewhottoys from Salisbury, Maryland on October 31, 2011:

Good information, everybody in our family loves apples - now we'll have to try a couple of the ones you mentioned

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on October 31, 2011:

North Wind, I've heard that about Granny Smiths before, but never tried them. Thanks for commenting.

North Wind from The World (for now) on October 31, 2011:

I love apples especially the crisp sweet ones but Granny Smiths are the best for apple pies in my opinion! Great hub!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on October 31, 2011:

I did too and that is reason that I did this hub, because I figured other people did too. Thanks for your comments.

suejanet on October 31, 2011:

Thanks, I am always trying to figure out which apples to buy for eating and which for cooking.