Apples in Season

APPLE VARIETIES

I have often wondered if I am making the best use of the apples that come my way each autumn.  Sometimes I cook them up, anticipating a smooth paste but instead find that I am left with chunks of apples in a watery syrup.

 Rob Clisdell, a fifth generation fruit grower and provider of information for the Apricot Chart, helped me out in this regard, based on his experience as a fruit grower and extensive research from various relevant sources, including the Australian Apple and Pear Association’s website.

 In the following table some guidelines are given for some of the more readily accessible varieties.  In about three weeks’ time, more varieties of apples and their properties will be added to the chart.

 The term Sauce in the chart means stewing the apples to a purée, such as you would serve with roast pork.

 Where the table refers to Freezing, this means peeling, coring and cutting the fruit into segments before freezing.  Although they can be placed in freezer bags and frozen like this, their colour and flavour is improved if they are dipped briefly in boiling water, then into iced water before freezing.  Whether you do this or not, if you have a large quantity it is a handy way to store them in “suspended animation” without having to actually stew them first.  Sugar or sugar syrup can be added to them, but don’t do this if you are planning to use them later in jam.

 Rob says that the best way to store apples is to wrap them in newspaper or brown paper, then put them in a cool, dark place (such as under your house) where it is quite dry.  This deprives them of a ready supply of oxygen, helping them to keep well.

 Rob again stresses that the information he has provided is a guide only.  For my part, I know I will find it extremely useful for the many buckets of apples of various types that make their way through my kitchen each year.   

 

VARIETY

 

 

Sauce

 

Cooking

 

Dehydrating

 

Eating

 

Glazing

 

Freezing

(fresh – pieces)

 

Storing

(i.e. stores well)

 

Jonathon

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Golden Delicious

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Red Delicious

(about 800 varieties in all)

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Jonagold

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Fujis

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Braeburn

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Pink Lady

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Granny Smith

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Jaz

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Sundowner

(a late variety)

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Bramley

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Possibly

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Cox’s Orange Pippin

 

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Snow Apples

 

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Democrat

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

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