When I think of apples, I tend to think of the cold day in New England during the fall and the delicious recipes of apple butter, apple cider, and of course apple pie. I was shocked to see apples at the Farmers Market this past week. I asked my local Farmer, “What the heck, what’s with the apples” and they patiently explained to me that these were “June Apples.” This was the first time I had ever heard or seen such a thing. Apparently, there are a few varieties that mature from June until August and they are considered “June” or “Summer Apples.”
But, before you get excited about sweet summer apples, there are a few things you should know:
- These early varieties are typically pretty tart and better for applesauce or baking with a little added sugar.
- Make sure to pick these up at your Farmers Market, you won’t find them in stores.
- They have a short shelf life and should be used within a week
Common Early Varieties:
- Lodi – These small yellow apples, tart fruits make a tasty golden sauce but store very poorly.
- Transparent – These apples may look like a golden delicious with their yellow/green colored but super tart and juicy.
- Pristine - This golden apple is the sweetest of the early apples and is perfect for eating or baking.