Though they weren’t always native to the US, apples have become one of the country’s most popular fruits, if not the most popular. Varieties are seemingly endless, with grocery store shelves stocked with new names all the time.
Everyone has their favorite—if we may be so biased, honey crisp has no competition—but if you’re looking to experiment with some new and different apples, consider one of these little-known and totally underrated kinds.
The thick and discolored skin on this apple might make you think twice about picking it up, but if you do, you won’t regret it. It’s full of flavor, not too tart and not too sweet, and perfect for baking because of its overall starchy texture.
If you enjoy a nice McIntosh apple, you’ll probably like Macouns (maybe even more so). The skin is relatively thin and the flesh is whiter than most apples, and holds this color longer than most once exposed to the air.
This small-ish apple grows well in Southern states, so it’s a popular choice throughout the winter months. Yates are good for people who love particularly sweet apples, or if you’re interested in making a sweet cider.
Not only is this new apple variety deliciously flavorful, it’s so much fun to say and even more fun to look at! It’s tiny, reddish-pink, and perfectly speckled. SweeTangos are great for consuming most any way, but are really great for snacking!
Get ‘em while they’re hot—these apples don’t stay around long, but are amazingly flavorful so they make for a great snacking apple, can be baked in pies, and made into ciders and sauces.