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In this Lesson you will Learn

  1. Which apples can you use for baking?
  2. Which apples are good for salads?
  3. Should you buy organic apples?
  4. How to select and store apples

Not all apples can be used the same way. Some apples aren't suited for baking or cooking; they might make your pie filling mushy or turn brown too quickly for an appetizing salad. That said, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold apples are all suitable for baking. Gala and Cortland apples, on the other hand, are crisp and do not brown as quickly as other apples, making them great for salads.

Note: Apples are at the top of the so-called "dirty dozen" so be sure to buy organic apples (and applesauce, apple juice, etc.) if you are concerned about pesticide residues in your food.

Choose apples that are firm and free from bruises and store them in a cool, dark place. Peak apple season starts around September.1

Nutrition DNA

The nutrition DNA of one apple. For example, you can see that 1 apple covers 64% of your daily allowance of sugar and 18% of the recommended Fiber intake. Hover over the bars to see which nutrient is covered.


  1. Seasonal Ingredient Map


  1. Good baking apples include Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold apples.
  2. Good apples for salads include Gala and Cortland apples.
  3. Apples are at the top of the "dirty dozen" list so buy organic when possible.
  4. Selecting and storing: choose firm bruise-free apples and store in a cool dark place
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