September, October, and November are prime apple months. You can buy them at the Farmer's Market, grocery store, or local orchard (picking your own is always a great activity or just by the ones that are already picked.) There's always the Red and Golden Delicious apple s(personally, I find them boring) or you can branch out and try some of these other kinds to expand your horizons!
Harvested in September:
Cortland — McIntosh-style apple with a red blush over a yellow background. Very white crisp flesh. Best eaten shortly after picking. Good in salads.
McIntosh — One of the most popular apple varieties, with a deep red color over a green background. The flesh is white, firm, tender, and very juicy, with a mildly tart flavor.
Pink Lady — An oblong yellow variety overlaid with pink or light red. The flesh is white with a sweet-tart flavor. Stores well. (September and October)
Honeycrisp — Red patched mottled over a yellow-green background. The flesh is crisp with a tart, yet sweet, flavor. Keeps well. (Mid-September through October.)
Harvested in October:
Macoun — Similar in size and shape to a McIntosh, but with a darker purplish-red blush over green background. The flesh is firm and aromatic for a good, all-purpose apple. (Early to mid-October)
Gala — A medium-size fruit with yellow skin patterned with bright orange-red. Yellow-white flesh is firm and juicy with a nice texture and a sweet, slightly tart, flavor. Best eaten fresh.
Fuji — A tall, rectangular, medium-sized fruit with yellowish-green skin with an orange-red blush and darker stripes. Crisp, juicy white flesh has a firm texture. Stores well. (Late October)
Granny Smith — A large, bold green apple with crisp, very tart flesh. Keeps very well. (Late October)
Harvested in November:
Braeburn — A medium to large, red striped fruit with an orange-red blush on a yellow background. Pale, cream-colored flesh is crisp and juicy with a pleasant tart flavor.
No matter what kind you choose, apples are one of the healthiest and most delicious snacks around. Eat them on their own, dip them in peanut butter or chocolate, pair them with a sharp cheese, or slice them up into a salad. Apples are also wonderful in a variety of desserts — pies, cakes, crumbles, doughnuts, strudels, dumplings. A huge favorite in my family is Fried Apples as a side dish -- let me know if you would like that "secret" recipe.
Enjoy the season!