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Types of Apples and How Best to Use Them

Updated on November 24, 2012

A bowl full of shiny apples

A perfect afternoon snack.
A perfect afternoon snack. | Source

When is Apple Season?

Fall is a wonderful time to go apple picking. Each year many schools take children on field trips to visit an apple orchard. But, even if you don’t have that opportunity you can still look for great choices of apples when you shop. Did you know that National Apple Month is more than one month long? In 1996 it was decided to extend the promotional time from the month of September to include October and November.

Where to find the best apples:

I’m a firm believer in supporting one’s local community farm. If you are not a member of a local farm co-op then try shopping at the town’s Farmer’s Market. The places I shop when the Farmer’s Market is not available is a Whole Foods Store or Fresh Market. The least ideal, but most convenient place to buy apples, or any other fresh produce, is in the neighborhood supermarket produce department.

How to select the right apple:

Select fruit that has not been bruised. I rarely buy just a bag of apples or potatoes because it usually turns out disappointing, the exception being if I am planning to use a large quantity for a big recipe quickly. Then it will be the more economical selection of fruit and vegetables.

Apples store longer in the refrigerator. Keep apples away from onions and potatoes when storing because they will absorb the odors of the vegetables. Once cut, apples will turn brown quickly. Avoid this by sprinkling with lemon juice.

There are many types of apples to select from so, depending on what you are using it for, eating, recipes, or a quick snack for a young one, your choice is limited to what you can find on your shopping trip.

Health Benefits of Apples:

Apple Fun Facts

In the early 1800’s John Chapman planted apple seeds throughout the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. He was known as Johnny Appleseed.

The United States is second in apple production throughout the world second only to China. Apples are grown in all fifty states and almost 1 in 4 apples harvested are exported. Of the 7500 varieties of apples throughout the world there are 2500 varieties grown in the U.S.

Six states have picked apples as their state fruit: Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. Both Arkansas and Michigan have elected the Apple Blossom as their state flower.

About 2# of apples equal one 9” apple pie.

One medium apple is less than 100 calories. Apple peel is rich in fiber and antioxidants.

Toffee apples are a popular treat in the U.K. like caramel or candy apples are in the U.S.

States that chose the apple as their state fruit.

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Types of Apples, Description and Use

Type of Apple
Color
Size
Flavor
Best for
Fuji
dark red
medium - large
sweet, crisp
Eating; Recipes
Gala
red blush exterior, yellowish flesh
small-medium
mild, juicy
Eating, Dessert recipes
Golden Delicious
Golden yellow exterior, white flesh
large
mild, juicy, crisp
Eating; recipes
Granny Smith
Green exterior, white flesh
small - large
tart
Recipes: desserts and main entrees
Honeycrisp
reddish yellow ext., white flesh
medium to large
Mild, juicy, crisp
Eating; dessert recipes
McIntosh
reddish; yellow exter, white flesh
small
soft, tart, juicy
Snacks, desserts
Red Delicious
dark red exterior, white flesh
large
crisp, bland
Eating

How the apple divider and corer operates

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Apple corer in center of applePlunging the apple corer into the appleApple core is now removed from appleApple has hole in the middle after core is removedApple shaped apple dividerDivider placed evenly on appleApple has been divided into even segmentsA nice plate of apple wedges ready to dip or eat plain.
Apple corer in center of apple
Apple corer in center of apple | Source
Plunging the apple corer into the apple
Plunging the apple corer into the apple | Source
Apple core is now removed from apple
Apple core is now removed from apple | Source
Apple has hole in the middle after core is removed
Apple has hole in the middle after core is removed | Source
Apple shaped apple divider
Apple shaped apple divider | Source
Divider placed evenly on apple
Divider placed evenly on apple | Source
Apple has been divided into even segments
Apple has been divided into even segments | Source
A nice plate of apple wedges ready to dip or eat plain.
A nice plate of apple wedges ready to dip or eat plain. | Source

How to slice an apple

There are many ways to slice an apple, of course, but two kitchen tools that I have used are the apple slicer and core tool and the apple core tool. Depending on what I wish to do with the apple will depend on which utensil I choose. They are not very expensive. In fact, the apple slicer can be easily picked up cheaply at the dollar store. The single handled apple corer is a bit more expensive, but one can buy it for less than $10 depending on where you purchase it. I have seen them in both grocery stores and specialty stores, such as Bed, Bath and Beyond.

I find the single handled apple corer a bit easier and quicker to use. It is very handy to hold the apple in one hand; the corer in the other and with one plunge into the apple the core is dislodged.

The multi-bladed apple corer is great for those snacks or parties when you want to have uniformed cut wedges for dipping; along with the simplicity of cutting many apples slices at one time.

As for a rating, I would rate the use of an apple corer / slicer product as a 5. I think it is beneficial to have one as part of the kitchen utensils one keeps. However, if I had to just pick one over the other it would be the single handled apple corer.

To slice an apple: Divider or Corer

5 stars for Apple slicer & corer

There are so many ways to eat an apple:

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#1. As a side dish for a lunch#2.  With peanut butter, yogurt or caramel dip#3.  Apple Pie#4.  As an appetizer with cream cheese and toppings#5.  As a garnish for a punch bowl#7.  Enjoyed just as it is#9.  As part of a fall salad#10.  As part of a main entree such as pork
#1. As a side dish for a lunch
#1. As a side dish for a lunch | Source
#2.  With peanut butter, yogurt or caramel dip
#2. With peanut butter, yogurt or caramel dip | Source
#3.  Apple Pie
#3. Apple Pie | Source
#4.  As an appetizer with cream cheese and toppings
#4. As an appetizer with cream cheese and toppings | Source
#5.  As a garnish for a punch bowl
#5. As a garnish for a punch bowl | Source
#7.  Enjoyed just as it is
#7. Enjoyed just as it is | Source
#9.  As part of a fall salad
#9. As part of a fall salad | Source
#10.  As part of a main entree such as pork
#10. As part of a main entree such as pork | Source

10 Select Ways to Use Apples

1. Apple slices on the side with a sandwich or lettuce wrap.

2. Apple slices as a midmorning or afternoon snack with peanut butter.

3. Apple pie-plain or a la mode.

4. Apple appetizers with cream cheese and dried cranberries on top or with a slice of cheddar cheese plain or with a piece of lunchmeat.

5. Apple slices to garnish a cider or punch bowl.

6. Apple flavored crescent rolls-bake as an apple pie filling.

7. Apple alone plain, juicy, and sweet.

8. Roast apple with cinnamon and brown sugar and baked in the oven.

9. As part of a fall salad with lettuce, dried cherries, walnuts and shredded Vermont Cheddar cheese, use a walnut raspberry dressing to accompany.

10. Pork chops with Granny Smith Apples

How much did you learn about apples?


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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello praesetio30 Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you found this hub interesting. Enjoy your apples, lol and thanks for the vote. :)

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love apples and you have great hub about apples. I really enjoy reading about select ways to use apples. Nice information and thanks for sharing with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Audrey, I keep my apples in the refrigerator also. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. We are so overdue for a tea together. :)

      Hi Dianna-I really enjoy peanut butter on celery or apples as a snack and a boost of protein. :) Thanks for your comments.

      Linda-apples in a pie, you are so funny. But, I have to agree with you-apple pie is my favorite! especially with vanilla ice cream.

      Hi Paula-OMG it sounds like you live in the perfect place for fresh fruit! We had several fruit trees in our backyard growing up, including a cherry tree that we loved to climb. Thanks for your comments-my favorite apple is McIntosh. :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      mmmmmyummy. I do love apples. This hub is full of wonderful information! You do excellent work, Denise.

      Lots of apple orchards in my area, plums and pears too....oh yeah, black, red and sour cherries. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries galore. I spend half the season continually picking fruit and filling baskets to carry home!

      My very favorite apple is Granny Smith! I think they are the very best.....meaty, crispy and just the perfect blend of sweet and tart!

      Thanks for this interesting read!...UP++

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Apples are not only a healthy snack, but very delicious. My favorite way to eat an apple is in a pie :) but, I don't do that as often as I'd like to :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love apples raw with peanut butter as a late night snack. I see lots of ideas on here I can use to enjoy more apples. I enjoyed the trivia.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I enjoyed this hub so very much. I'm an apple lover so for me to read the information you presented here is so exciting. I must get an apple corer.

      Always wondered about Johnny Apple seed. I took the test and only scored 40% so will re-read this again and get 100% next time :)

      I love cold apples and keep mine refrigerated.

      Happy Birthday today my dear, precious and oh, so gifted friend. ~ Audrey

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      @Daisy-thank you for reading this and promoting it. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many comments. :)

      Hi Audrey H- I always keep a bowl with several apples to grab on the go. Thanks for your comment. :)

      @Jaye -thanks for the vote up. Organic makes all the sense in the world. It sounds like you have your routine down pat. :)

      @FullOfLoveSites-thank you for visiting and commenting. The apple, apple corer came from Bed, Bath and Beyond if I remember correctly. I'd send you mine, but then I'd miss it :( and I have so much fun using it. :)

      @Jenbeach21 -thank you for reading and commenting. :)

      @rebeccamealey - Hi rebecca :) I like your choices. Lately, I've been grabbing a different variety each week to take to work with me. :)

      @Crystal Tatum - thank you for spending time at this hub. I'm glad you learned some useful info. I appreciate your vote and share. :)

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great idea for a hub! I admit I'm ignorant (or was) about which apples to use for what. Very useful and voted so, along with sharing.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very nice, well done and helpful! I like Galas for munching and Granny's for cooking. Great Hub! Shared and voted +

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Some really great information. I eat an apple everyday and this hub reminds of all the reasons why I should!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      I want that apple corer! I have to find that at some stores or online.

      I love apples. For salads, side dishes, for baked desserts. Very versatile fruit indeed! :)

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I eat an apple every day, though it's a habit I had to acquire. When I was young, I didn't like raw apples. When I learned how nutritious they are, I forced myself to eat them until I grew to like the taste. I've enjoyed them for many years.

      Since I only buy organic apples (non-organic apples have some of the highest levels of pesticide residue of any produce), I opt for either Gala or Fuji. Those two types of organic apples are more likely to be blemish-free (or almost) than others. I don't like the texture of Red Delicious apples, which seems mushy, but prefer a crisp, not-too-sweet apple.

      Organic fruit usually has a sticker on each piece that states the country of origin. I only buy apples grown in the USA. If I saw an apple from China, I'd drop it like a hot potato. There are no safety standards in that country, and the words "organic" and "China" are mutually exclusive, in my opinion.

      Voted Up and Interesting

      Jaye

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Excellent hub--and my mouth is watering!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Denise,

      Thanks for publishing this very helpful article. I see many varieties of apples in my local farmers market, but I don't know very much about them.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you DDE I'm glad you enjoyed the information. Do you have a favorite apple type?

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great facts on the different apples I enjoy eating apples abut have never tired growing the actual plant. You have improved my knowledge on this topic well done on a well informed hub.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Vinaya-Apples have quite an interesting history in literature, don't they. Thanks for your comments. Blessings.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Apples get all good expressions in literature. Thanks for sharing this informative hub.

      Cheers

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello lemonderdz-I agree. I use apples in so many ways it is amazing how versatile they are. And, all one needs is a different variety to make a totally new flavor! Thanks for the vote. :)

      Hi milyas32-yes, bananas are so good for you also. They are high in potassium. And, I love banana cake and banana bread! Thanks for your comment.

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      Muhammad Ilyas 4 years ago from Pakistan

      hello denise,

      you will make eat apple. I wrote on banana but I think apple is apple. thank you.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      love the hub, interesting facts and i like the idea of showing how best to use the different kinds of apples.

      apples are one of the most versatile fruits. i love them in salads with nuts and beetroot leaves. voted up. thanks for the hub

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Ruby-sounds delicious! The pork chop recipe is very easy. Actually I thought I had posted a hub about it but, apparantly not.

      Hi Genna-MacIntosh are my favorites. Thanks for the vote and read. :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Ruby-sounds delicious! The pork chop recipe is very easy. Actually I thought I had posted a hub about it but, apparantly not.

      Hi Genna-MacIntosh are my favorites. Thanks for the vote and read. :)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love apples -- the Granny Smiths (greens) are my favorites. I often look for ways to use them in side dishes and/or for desserts. Up +.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I make a delicious raw apple cake using Granny Smith apples, my favorite to eat, fuji and gala. Pork chops cooked with apples sounds delicious, that's one i will certainly try. Thank's again Denese, you have the best recipes..

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Randi-the Apple hub is actually #8 out of 14, so I am just over the half way mark. Too bad I missed the deadline (I should have ended on the 14th). Thanks for reading.

      Hi Nancy-I'm glad you enjoy the Red Delicious. They are one of the most popular, if not the top, apple choice. :)

      Hi eHealer-LOL I guess you'll have to make an apple pie soon. :) I love the MacIntosh-it's my favorite. Thanks for reading.

      Hi Sandcastles-me too! I think apples are almost the perfect food. :)

      Hi Treasuresofheaven-I'm so glad that you enjoyed this hub. That you scored 100% on the quiz tells me you read the article closely...some of those answers were hidden away, haha. Congrats on a great job.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Bill-well if anyone should know about apples it would be YOU. Thanks for your comments. :)

      Max-I love your feedback! Thanks so much for the suggestion re: a substitute when needing a distraction from smoking-what a novel idea and healthy. I appreciate all that you've said...I only wish my daughters were close by, it would mean my grandkids were also nearby. Unfortunately, they are in Michigan. So, I travel frequently to see them. Take care.

      Hi Danette-I sure wish I could get the Honey Crisp here. I tasted them at Cara's and loved them, however, we can't get them in my area. :( Thanks for your comments-did you take the quiz? How'd you do, sister?

      Hi mpropp-you and many others favor the Honey Crisp. I was mentioning to my sister I cannot find that kind around my area. Enjoy!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello dghbrh-thanks so much for the votes and share. :)

      Hey Frank...I remember one summer when I was young vacationing at a cottage up north with my family. Every day we'd climb the apple trees and eat the granny smith apples till we had belly aches, LOL Yeah, the recipe is easy-just brown the chops, sauté some onions, add some chopped green apple and some apple juice or cider to the pan and let it simmer until the apples are just a bit soft. Then, enjoy! Thanks for reading.

      Hi Diane-welcome to hubpages and thanks for the follow. IGA-boy does that bring back memories. Bags of apples are ok-just check them out carefully.

      Hi Mary-thanks for your memories-it sounds lovely. I appreciate the vote. :)

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      Sima Ballinger 4 years ago from Michigan

      I enjoyed this hub, and took the quiz. You did a good job, because I scored 100%. Apples will be around for generations to come. Enjoyed the video about "calcium" as well.

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      SandCastles 4 years ago

      I love apples.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Lana-I can completely relate to the 'subpar apple pie' history. I've had more than my share as well until my wonderful daughters who cook and bake circles around me, advised me on this tip. Thanks for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great hub and now I want apple pie! I like the Granny Smiths myself, but can't pass up a macintosh either. Great hub and voted up Denise!!

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I am a Red Delicious fan. I am like you, I rarely buy the bags of apples because I like to choose my own. An apple a day truly does keep the doctor away.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great, great job on this hub! So chock full of info and fun facts! Glad tiyou nmade it 1/3 of the way. I will be watching for the next 2/3!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Enjoyed your hub! I live in MN and my favorite kind of apple, by far, is the HoneyCrisp. Despite that, we have 20 small apple trees of other varieties in our back yard. Its fun to see that other states appreciate their apples too. Thanks for all the good info.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Great hub! (much better than my apple hub :) ) We love apples at my house - well, the kids and I do anyway! I like HoneyCrisp and Gala (if they are crisp). I just saw a new apple SweeTango a couple weeks ago and tried it.It was ok, but I think I like Honey Crisp better. Voted up and U/A/I. Good chart too by the way.

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      Max Havlick 4 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Denise, it's obvious from your prolific "home-economics" output why you're so popular and successful. But how in the world do you find the time to cut-into (research) an everyday food angle like apples deep enough to nourish (instruct) people who have been eating them all their lives, and still have time left over to cook-up (assemble) all these non-textual bells and whistles -- pictures, charts, instructions, videos, even an exam at the end -- to serve up your Hub Page essay as a delicious educational adventure?

      Presumably you also have other things to do in your life as well. Don't you have some grown daughters around there somewhere who, if they are typical American young women, also require mom's attention once in a while?

      Fay's job with Weight Watchers usually requires us to buy apples "by the sack," but you're right, you must check them carefully. (I'll show your article to her when she comes home later today.)

      A friend gave me an apple slicer several years ago, and I use it to keep apple slices in the refrig. I've made it second nature to grab two or three slices whenever I first go into the kitchen at mealtime.

      Another more unexpected use of the apple slices: some people trying to quit smoking have found it helpful to put an apple slice between their fingers to replace the physical habit of grabbing that next cigarette they don't need. I gave an apple slicer to a senior neighbor for that reason, and it helped, but unfortunately, she still hasn't been able to quit altogether.

      I personally find a sliced apple a perfect snack when I'm at my desk working, get a little hungry, but don't want to interrupt the work for a regular meal, or if it's only a couple hours to dinner time. But keep a good teeth-cleaner handy and some water to wash our your mouth after you eat irregularly like that, because -- well, Denise, you tell them. You're Every-Mom; I'm just a struggling philosopher poet.

      Best wishes to you and all your dedicated followers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I'm writing to you from the apple capital of the United States; I think most of us here were raised with an apple in our crib as a toy. :)

      Great information for those out there who do not have the experience we Washingtonians have with apples. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      One of my favorite childhood memories was my Mother baking apples with cinnamon and sugar. The whole house smelled devine. I love apples prepared any ole way!

      Voted this UP, etc.

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      Diane Minton 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Must re-read....coffee is not working this morning. Will refer to this when I do apple pie for Thanksgiving.....We like galas to eat buy them at IGA. Must find a mkt where they are freshly picked and not shipped in. My Granny used to make pies with those Granny Smith, they are really tart and good with cinnamon and butter added to just eat as a side dish too! Your cream cheese recommendation sound so good and yummy for a night time snack!!!! Thank u and am following!!! Happy Hubbing!!!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      A very good share yet again my favorite apple is Granny Smith.. As a kid I use to eat them until I got sick.. then vowed never to eat them again until I felt better.. then I'd do it again.. today I still love them.. Granny and Pork Chops hey what the hell Ill try it...:) Frank

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Votes up for interesting and useful. Many thanks for sharing this one. I am sharing it too.

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      lanablackmoor 4 years ago from New England

      I'm kind of ashamed to admit that until I read this I had no idea that some apples were for baking desserts and some just for eating. This explains a few sub par apple pies in my history. This was a really interesting read! I was surprised to learn that China is such a large producer, too. Lots of intriguing facts, but still very easy to read. Voted up for interesting!