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Apple Guide

Emily

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Sep 10th, 2014

Do you know your apples?

When comparing apples to apples, it’s important to know what to look for. Although many go to the grocery store and decide between red, green or yellow, there is more to picking apples than by the color. You may even favor one apple color over another, but do you really know the characteristics that make certain apples appealing?  Are you picking the right apples when baking a dessert or making a salad?  Here is a breakdown on some of the various types of apples you can find at Jewel-Osco and below are some tips for selecting the perfect apple at the store.

Types of Apples Guide

How to select the perfect apple:

1. Know your apples.
Use the information provided above to understand the characteristics of your favorites before you buy them. With so many different types of apples, you’ll want to know their color, size, shape, and overall appearance to ensure you’re getting the best apple for your needs. As noted above, some apples are best for baking (Golden Delicious apples, Granny Smith apples) and others are better for snacking (Red Delicious apples, Honeycrisp apples). There are also the more versatile apples which are great no matter how you plan to enjoy them (such as Pink Lady and Fuji apples). When selecting apples, it is essential to pick the one that best fits how you’ll use them at home.

2. Check the firmness.
Gently press a small area of the fruit’s skin and make sure it’s firm. Avoid apples that are noticeably soft, discolored, or indent easily after you press the skin.

3. Visually examine the apple.
As you are checking the apple’s firmness, turn the apple completely to check for quality. Some markings on the fruit come from nature (like a scuff or specks) which doesn’t indicate a bad apple. However, one with bruising or signs of decay should be avoided.

4. Glance at the color of the apple.
Although color is not the best indicator of a great eating apple, it can still be helpful when choosing apples in-store. For red apples, you want to look to see if the green background is mostly covered by red or pink-orange hues. When you see apples with full color it means it absorbed lots of sunlight which leads to great flavors.

5. Give your apple a sniff.
A fresh, quality apple should have a nice aroma but the sent will vary depending on the variety since some apples having a stronger fragrance than others.

3 Responses to Apple Guide

  1. nancy 17/09/2014 at 5:11 pm

    it would be helpful if a chart like this was up in the store in the produce section near the apples.

    • Customer Care 17/09/2014 at 9:55 pm

      Great suggestion, Nancy! We’ll look into having this chart available at our stores. Thank you for choosing Jewel-Osco.

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