An Apple a Day

Learn how to make the most of apple season.

Bake a pie, toss a salad, sauce it up and love every bite!

Fall makes us think of crisp weather, warm meals and, of course, the arrival of apple season! Although many apples are tasty enough to eat out of hand, you can also bake them into pies, slice them up and add them to your morning oatmeal or incorporate them into fresh, fall-inspired salads.

We always want to make sure we offer you the very best apples. That’s why we source our Eastern apples from Hudson River Fruit. Since 1963, four generations of the Albinder family have put their hearts and souls into growing, packing and shipping exceptional apples. They consistently select fruit that meets our standards and even grow varieties and sizes especially for us!

Read on to learn about the varieties we offer, along with recipes and serving tips. Happy apple picking!

Sauces & Ciders

Smashed, mashed, mulled and juiced—these apples are perfect for ciders, sauces, chutneys and preserves. They’re tender, tasty and break down easily when cooked. Try them in our recipes for cider, chutney and savory flatbread.

McIntosh applesMcIntosh Apples

McIntosh Taste: Juicy and sweet, with an apple cider flavor and a pleasant, refreshing tartness Texture: Crisp but delicate (these apples bruise easily) Fun Facts: McIntosh apples vary depending on how early or late in the season they’re harvested. Early season apples will appear greener with a tart flavor, while later season apples are often red and sweet. Availability: September

Cortland Taste: Sharp, sweet-tart and juicy Texture: Crisp but tender Fun Facts: These apples are the offspring of McIntosh apples. Since they don’t store very well, they should be enjoyed soon after purchasing for the best texture and flavor. Availability: October

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Mulled Cider
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Apple Onion Chutney
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Crisp Apple, Spanish Goat Cheese and Grilled Chicken Flatbread
Crisp Apple, Spanish Goat Cheese and Grilled Chicken Flatbread
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Snacks & Salads

Who doesn’t love a good apple? Sliced, diced or eaten as-is, these apples are simply delicious on their own or mixed into a refreshing salad. We’ve gathered some of our favorite snacking apples, along with a few salad recipes you’ll want to make ASAP.

Pro Tip: Keep apple slices fresh and bright by placing them in lemon water. Simply cover the apples in water and mix in two tablespoons of lemon juice until ready to use.

Fuji ApplesFuji Apples

Fuji Taste: Exceptionally sweet and juicy Texture: Fine-grained, creamy flesh Fun Facts: This apple was born in Fujisaki, Japan and has a Brix (sugar) level of 15-18, making it one of the sweetest apples you can find! Availability: October

SnapDragon Taste: Sweet and juicy with bold flavor and hints of cider and spice Texture: Crisp Fun Facts: This hybrid apple was created by breeders at Cornell University and is derived from the Honeycrisp. These apples are on high demand and are quick to sell, so get them while you can! Availability: October

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Apple Chicken Salad with Rosemary Pecans
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Sweet and Tangy Apple Cabbage Salad
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Fall Harvest Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
Fall Harvest Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
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Made for Baking

Some apples are at their best when baked, cooked or fried. The following apples can withstand heat—and might become even sweeter and tastier because of it. See below for some of our recommendations, along with sweet and savory recipes.

Empire Taste: Sweet, tart and wonderfully juicy! Texture: Exceptionally crisp Fun Facts: Empire apples are the offspring of McIntosh and Red Delicious apples, developed at Cornell University in the 1940s. Availability: October

empire applesEmpire Apples

Rome Taste: Mild in flavor, with just the right amount of sweetness, pleasant tartness and delicate floral notes Texture: Crunchy, with firm, dense flesh Fun Facts: Rome apples withstand heat very well and their flavor is actually richer, sweeter and more pronounced when cooked. Enjoy them baked and stuffed or fried. Availability: November

Ruby Frost Taste: Evenly sweet and tart Texture: Crispy and crunchy Fun Facts: Because of this apple’s high Vitamin C content, it’s slow to brown so it’s perfect for baking! Availability: January

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Apple, Cheddar and Ham Breakfast Strata
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Baked Chicken with Cinnamon Braised Apples
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Chocolate Chip Apple Cake
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Anything Goes

From tarts to fritters, salads to snacks, these super-versatile apples work well in a number of recipes. Pack them in a lunchbox for school or work, or bake them into a delectable tart—perfect for fall entertaining. See below for more recipe ideas.

honeycrisp-applesHoneycrisp Apples

Honeycrisp Taste: Sweet and juicy, with flavors reminiscent of apple cider Texture: Firm and crisp Fun Facts: This apple is the state fruit of Minnesota Availability: October

Pink Lady Taste: Sweet, tart and refreshing Texture: Supremely crunchy, firm and dense Fun Facts: These apples are the first to bloom in the spring and the last to harvest. They’re also slow to oxidize when cut, so they hold up well in salads, in lunch boxes and on cheese boards. We also love to bake them in desserts, since they hold up nicely to heat. Availability: November

Apple and Roasted Fennel Salad with Pancetta
Apple and Roasted Fennel Salad with Pancetta
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Honeycrisp Apple Pastry
Honeycrisp Apple Tart
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Easy Apple Fritters
Easy Apple Fritters
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