Choose the Right Apple
A flow chart to aid in your pomaceous decision-making.
Posted Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at 3:35 AM
Every fall, we at Slate are amazed anew by the vast number of apple varieties available at farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and (when we're feeling gullible) orchards. But when we encounter a new variety, we don’t always know what to do with it—and, conversely, when we have an express purpose in mind, we’re not always sure which variety to use. What’s the best kind of apple for applesauce? Are certain kinds easier to bob for than others? What variety should we keep on hand in case we run into any hungry-looking horses? How about if we just need a good projectile?
So we asked Andrew Mikolajski, gardening expert and author of The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Apples, for some recommendations, which we put into the following handy flow chart. Print it out—or follow the links to recipes and crafts—and you’ll never choose the wrong apple variety again.
Holly Allen is a Slate Web designer.
L.V. Anderson is a Slate assistant editor. She edits Slate's food and drink sections and writes Brow Beat's recipe column, You're Doing It Wrong. Follow her on Twitter.
Andrew Mikolajski writes and teaches about horticulture. He is the author of over 30 gardening titles, including Plants for Shade, An Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, 1001 Garden Questions Answered and Pruning Plant by Plant.