Apples - What's in a Name?

Frecon Farm - they wow us every week with their amazing produce. This time of year, it's all about the apples! But what's really in a name: winesap, delicious, Jonagold, Jonathon, cortland, gala, and more - - - enough varieties to make your head spin! How do you select the perfect apple - it's all about what you intend to do with the apples: eating, baking, saucing. When in doubt - ask the folks from Frecon!

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Eating apples include: Delicious, red and golden, Pink Lady, Fuji, Gala, Empire, McIntosh, Winesap, Stayman, Jonathon, Jonagold, and Honey Crisp to name a few. Each apple has their own flavor profile - sweet, tart, full apple flavor, and so on. 

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Baking apple varieties include: Fuji, Red Rome, Northern Spy, Granny Smith, McIntosh, Honey Crisp and Cortland. They are considered baking because they hold their shape well when baked. Cortlands are excellent for apple dumplings - big, sweet and sturdy.

Want to try homemade applesauce? You can use Braeburn, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh and Winesap to get wonderful applesauce.

I picked up some Northern Spy apples at market last week - Chris, at the Frecon Farm stand at the Downingtown Farmers Market assured me they were his favorite apple for pie baking. I decided to bake an Old Fashioned Apple-Nut Crisp, from Eating Well magazine. Per serving it has 275 calories, not bad considering the standard apple pie comes in at over 400 calories per slice. It was delish - apple goodness with an almost granola like topping.

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Willing to spend your calories on a slice of apple heaven - Mile High Apple Pie is your ticket! Packed full of apples - I used Northern Spy again - I just loved them in the Crisp - this pie is unbelievably delicious. And, only one cup of sugar for the whole pie - not bad! Cinnamon-y sweet and all about the apple! I suppose you could top with ice cream - but honestly, it's just so good all by itself. 

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Not a pie baker - relax - Marie, from My House Cookies, and, Mel, from Saint Peters Bakery can give you that homemade flavor without lifting a finger! Try their delicious pies, including apple! Remember to place your orders for your Thanksgiving pie - preorders are strongly encouraged!