?”If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
– Carl Sagan

If you don’t have time for that universe inventin’ stuff, pick up some ready-grown apples at your local market and get busy.

Here’s a little guide to help you choose the right kind of apple for your needs:

Cakes, Pies, Crisps/Pudding, Skillet
Northern Spy, Spartan, Empire, Cortland, Gala, Banana gold, Idared

Baking whole
McIntosh, Empire, Spartan, Northern Spy, Jonagold, Mutsu

McIntosh, Gala, Empire, Northern Spy, Spartan, Cortland, Gravenstein

Snacks, Salads
McIntosh, Gala, Golden Russet, Red Delicious

I haven’t had the chance to sample every single variety of apple out there, yet, but so far it tastes like a damn fine year for McIntosh.

Not very original, I know, but crisp, juicy, sweet, with a touch of tart.

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