How ‘bout them apples?! McGonigle’s is gaga over apples at the moment. Mid-September means crisp, fresh apples are once again in season. We source our apples from local orchards in Osceola, Missouri that practice small scale farming. And we have to say, they churn out some sweet and delicious apple varieties that we just can’t get enough of. As you know, apples come in a large array of varieties. From tart to sweet to mild, from yellow to green to deep red, and in so many shapes and sizes. Everyone’s tastebuds are different, and many people lean towards a certain type of apple. Here are some of the varieties that are currently being harvested locally that are sure to please everyone’s tastes.
This variety of apple is best known for its sweet taste. That sweetness lends itself well to making fresh applesauce. They’re also great chopped up in salads or eaten fresh. Gala apples have a yellow and red striped look to them and have a medium bite.
These firm textured apples are perfect for people who tend to go through their apples at a slower pace. Jonathan apples store well, meaning you can keep them longer before they soften and go bad. They have a deep red hue and sweet-tart taste, making them excellent for applesauce.
Granny Smith Apples
Granny Smith apples are a very particular apple. People who don’t like tart tasting apples should steer clear. These large apples have a fabulous crisp bite and a bright green color that makes them pop among a sea of red in the grocery aisles. These are great freshly cut, paired with sharp cheeses or peanut butter.
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Also known as Cameo, this variety of apple runs large in size. Its taste is somewhere between sweet and tart, and it has a unique look with a red/blush stripe over yellow. These are also a good applesauce variety.
Ruby Jon Apples
Also known as the Jackson Johnson apple, it has a crisp, tart, juicy flesh that makes a fabulous sauce. This variety is also well known for its bright red hue.
As you can tell, many of these early-fall apples are great for making sauces and for eating fresh. Come on down to McGonigle’s market to pick up fresh, local apples this fall. We will continue getting more varieties as they ripen throughout the season. You can come see and smell for yourself on Ward Parkway at 79th Street.