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Not all apples are created equal. Some are blessed with sweetness and juiciness, others are pleasantly tart and crispy. Each apple variety has its own unique characteristics that make it ideal for specific preparations.
This chart below will help you understand the "personalities" of apples better. Which ones are ideal for hand eating, making sauce or baking? Here are 12 apple varieties you'll love having fun with in the kitchen:
Have you ever bitten into a gorgeous green Granny Smith only to be turned off by its tart flavor? That same apple balances the sweetness of an apple pie and is incredibly delicious in any baked preparation such as this Dutch apple pie.
Sweetly tart apples such as McIntosh are great for poaching in red wine. Try this filling steak salad with arugula and feta cheese.
Honeycrisp apples are great for baking and their sweet yet slight tart flavor pairs well with pork and potatoes, as in the case of this hearty casserole.