Seasonal Apples

All About Apples

I don’t know about you, but nothing says fall quite like a nice, crisp apple. With so many varieties out there, how do you know which one to choose? That’s where we come in! I’d like to share some recipes and information about different apples, and of course any Heinen’s produce associate can guide you as well.

My favorite apple is the Sweetango – it’s a cross between Honeycrisp  and Zestar apples and is a relatively new one. In my opinion it’s the best tasting apple out there! It’s my go-to for when I just want to munch on an apple.  Honeycrisp is a perennial customer favorite, and Gala and Fuji are also very popular.

If you’re going to be baking with apples, I recommend using multiple types of apples in your recipes. Go with something crisp and hard like a Granny Smith or Jonathan and something soft like a Macintosh or Cortland. The hard apple will keep its shape and the soft apple will cook down, creating a sauce.

Zestar is a good all-purpose apple: its taste makes it a good eating apple, but it’s also a little softer which makes it good for baking. Melrose is another good all-purpose apple with a sweet tartness.

The great thing about apples is how versatile they are. You can just eat them out of hand, dip them in peanut butter or caramel or make a really outstanding recipe. Baked apples are a popular dessert and easy to make. All you need to do is core a large apple and add brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins and butter to it and bake in the oven. You could even add a little oatmeal to make a crust on the apple. The apple will hold its shape so it’ll look pretty and taste good!

Who doesn’t love caramel apples? I know I do, but sometimes it can get messy. Instead, I use a melon baller on a Granny Smith to make little apple balls, dip the apple pieces in melted caramel and finish it off with a pretzel stick. Voila – mini caramel apples! I have a lot of fun doing this with my kids, but these would also work for a party.

Apples and ice cream are another classic pairing. My version also includes sliced pears. Just throw sliced apples, pears, butter and brown sugar in a frying pan and soften the fruit. Spoon over the top of vanilla ice cream and you’ve got a fast and tasty treat. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Come visit us in the Produce Department and get your apple on! From sweet to tart, our selection has something for everyone. And if you’re not sure what to buy, ask us for a sample!


  1. I love honeycrisp and will have to try Sweetango; thank you for the idea of using a variety of apples when baking! My absolute fav is Winesap – have not been able to find it for years. Another is Mutsu (sp?) which we used to get from an orchard around Kingsville but no longer.

  2. An apple that is often overlooked is the yellow delicious which has a flavor between sweet and tart and keeps its shape when cooking. I think many people that are familiar with the red delicious, which is only good for eating (if you prefer a sweet apple) and assume that the yellow delicious must be ‘more of the same’. My advice to those who think this way, ‘try one’. There are so many new varieties out there that it can be quite confusing. It helps if the store provides a listing of all their apples and their characteristics. Glenn

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