There are several types of apples. All apples are for fresh consumption, but some varieties are better for making pies and sauces, or pickling and baking. Some of the more familiar varieties are Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, and Golden Delicious, but there are many more. About 100 varieties of apples are grown commercially in 36 states; more than 7,500 varieties are grown worldwide. Apples range in flavor from sweet to very tart, and color depends on the variety.
Red Delicious are juicy, heart-shaped, ruby red apples with a mildly sweet flavor and among the most popular for fresh consumption. Granny Smith apples are green, crisp, tart, and juicy, and good for baking, sauces, juicing, eating raw or for caramel apples. Galas are a pale red, round, and sweet, and are frequently dried or used in cider. Golden Delicious apples are yellow-green, crisp, and sweet; they are excellent for cooking as they maintain their shape well.
Sources: New York Apple Association, Rutgers University, University of Georgia, Washington Apple Commission. / https://apps.bluebookservices.com
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