With a fist full of apple trees in our suburban back yard we were always pruning, foraging, picking, pealing and baking with apples. All of our trees were McIntosh variety. Oh, how I loved the crisp tangy early green apples – they were worth every belly ache I ever had.
What we didn’t know back then was when the ‘Spray Man’ came through the neighbourhood he was pretty much taking all of the good out of the apples we were growing. Maybe the fact we were all rushed indoors and were not allowed to go outside and play for the rest of the day should have been a hint. Apples are one of the most heavly chemicaly treated fruits on the market. If you are to switch out on fruit you eat regularly to organic; apples are the one to pick.
Best Apples for Eating
Ambrosia, Bradburn, Empire, Fuji, Red Delicious, Gala and Honeycrisp
Best Apples for Pies
Northern Spy, Spartan, Granny Smith and Pippin
Best Apples for Salads
Cortland, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Gala, Empire and Granny Smith
Best Apples for Apple Sauce
McIntosh, Northern Spy, Crispin and Courtland