Autumn and apples go together like peanut butter and jelly. One just isn’t the same without the other!
What would we do without apples? No apple pie. No apple jelly. The world would a sadder place.
Wild apples kept the masses happy in ancient times in the form of applejack. It also kept the masses healthier since applejack was safer to drink than the water! Apples originated in the area that is now Kazakhstan, and followed civilizations west feeding both people and animals.
Today there are thousands of apple varieties, although only a few ever show up in grocery stores. On the east coast McIntosh, Cortland, and Empire are popular. Here in the west Fuji, Pink Lady, and Jonagold are common. And Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Granny Smith, and Gala are found everywhere. No matter where you live you can find at least one type that you will like, and several types that are perfect for cooking.
On that note, here is a round-up of some of my favorite apple recipes. Take advantage of the season and turn autumn’s crisp apples into something else delicious.
Do you have a favorite apple recipe? Tell me about it!