Apples, available year-round, are especially crisp and flavorful when the newly harvested fall crop hits the market. There’s nothing finer than the sound of biting into a perfectly crisp apple, whether it’s plain or an apple coated in caramel and nuts. Ranging in flavor from sweet to tart, locally grown U.S. apples are at their peak from September through November. There are over 100 varieties grown in the US, and every single state has orchards, so an apple-picking outing is usually within reach.
Once you have your apples in hand, we’ve got great apple recipes for you to choose from. If baking is in your plan, we’ve got basic baking tips that will help you with any apple recipe you choose. No surprise, most people want to start with pie. Our how to bake an apple pie page will help even the most novice baker achieve a great apple pie. If your success gives you more confidence, move on to other pie recipes.
For a quick and easy classic, try a caramel-coated apple. We’ve got a how to make a caramel apple video that explains it all in 3 easy steps. So pick some apples off a tree at an orchard or from a bushel at your local market and add a touch of autumn to your salads, snacks, sandwiches, main dishes and desserts.