In a recent blog post from New England Apples, My Favorite Apple, author Russell Power poses an interesting question….what makes a favorite a favorite? One way apples are unique to other types of fruits and vegetables is the vast number of apple varieties that exist, each with signature elements making them distinctive from the others.
When you think of your “favorite” apple variety, what characteristics stand out to you? Is it the flavor? Do you prefer sweet or tart? Do you think about the texture or juiciness of the fruit as you take that first bite? Are you more into aesthetics – how beautiful will the apples look in your centerpiece display? Or are you more on the practical and logistical side of things – how good will this apple variety store, which part of the season is it available?
Of all the apple types mentioned in New England Apples article, Pietree proudly offers: Cortland, Black Oxford, Baldwin, Golden Delicious, Ashmeads Kernal, Gravenstien, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Honeycrisp, Macoun, and Macintosh. Check out our Tasting Notes for a bit more detail on each selection.
New England Apples also shared this delicious recipe for Scandinavian Apple Cake, using a mix of three McIntosh and two Golden Delicious apples. Makes a great dessert on a cozy December evening.
1 c white flour
1 c whole wheat flour
2 t cinnamon
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
⅔ t ground allspice
¼ t ground cardamom
pinch of salt
5 medium-sized New England apples, cored and chopped
½ c sugar
1 c chopped pecans or walnuts
⅔ c butter, melted
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 t vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9”x13” baking dish.
In large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.
In another large bowl, mix together apples, sugar, nuts, and butter. Using a food chopper or processor, make apple pieces about the size of peas. Stir in eggs and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients to apple mixture, stirring just until combined. Spread into prepared baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until the apples are soft and a toothpick inserted in the cake comes clean.