Michigan is the 3rd largest apple-producing state in the nation. Michigan is projected to produce 26-27 million bushels of apples or more than 1.1 billion pounds of apples this year. Personal Chef Paul Penney from "Aussie in the kitchen" (aussieinthekitchen.com) is in the ABC 7 kitchen on behalf of Michigan.org to share his tips on where to find local apple orchards, how to pick the best apples, and how to make apple pie at home!
- Most popular Michigan apples include: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Gala.
- The Honeycrisp variety continues to grow in popularity. Honeycrisp has a crisp, juicy bite and a sweet flavor. They are best for fresh eating and also a great addition to salads. The 1st Michigan Honeycrisp will be shipped to stores and farmers markets this week.
- Another must-try is the Jonagold, a hybrid of Jonathan and Golden Delicious.
Braeburn / Mildly Sweet and Crispy / Fresh, Baked
Empire / Combo Sweet and Tart / Fresh, Baked
Fuji / Sweet and Crunchy / Fresh, Baked
Gala / Sweet and Crunchy / Fresh, Baked
Ginger / Gold Sweet-Spicy and Firm / Fresh
Golden Delicious / Sweet and Firm / Fresh, Baked
Honeycrisp / Sweet, Crisp and Juicy / Fresh
Ida Red / Tart, Firm and Juicy / Fresh, Baked
Jonagold / Sweet, Firm and Juicy / Fresh, Baked
Jonathan / Sweet-Spicy / Fresh, Baked
McIntosh / Sweet-Tart and Juicy / Fresh, Baked
Paula Red / Sweet-Tart and Juicy / Fresh, Baked
Red Delicious / Sweet, Juicy and Crunchy / Fresh
Rome / Mildly Tart and Juicy / Fresh, Baked
TIPS ON PICKING APPLES AT ORCHARDS:
- Check with the farmer for instructions. They will point you to ready-to-harvest apples. Ask for a map!
- Look at the apple first and make sure it's one you would want to eat.
- To Pick: Twist; Twist; Twist; Pull
More information: michiganapples.com