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Bob For the Right Apple

Fall is the season for fresh apples. There are more than 100 varieties of apples grown commercially in the United States- amazing! Of those 100, the 15 most popular varieties account for 90% of what is found on the shelves at grocery stores. At Draeger’s, we work to source a good mix of those popular varieties everyone seems to know along with a few more obscure varieties for the more adventurous palate. But, before you pick your apples, there are a few good guidelines our produce experts want you to keep in mind. 

Apple Buying Guidelines 

Firm Factor: Pick up the apple and gently press a small area of the fruit’s skin. It should be firm to the touch. Avoid apples that are noticeably soft, discolored or indent easily when the skin is pressed. 

Visual Exam: As you check firmness, turn the apple completely in your hand to visually check for quality. Some marking on the fruit (like a scuff or specks) come from nature and doesn’t signal a bad apple- especially when you’re looking at organics. But nobody wants a bruised apple! 

Color Code: Although color is not the best indicator of a great eating apple, it can be helpful when making your selection. Apples with full color have absorbed lots of sunlight, which leads to great flavor. 

Aroma Matters: A fresh, high-quality apple should have a pleasant aroma. This will vary slightly by variety- some apples (like Gala) having a stronger fragrance than others. 

Now- Ready, Set, Select Your Variety! 

By Tori Draeger, Draeger’s Markets 

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Draeger’s Market is a grocery store that offers fine foods, high quality meats and seafood, fresh and locally sourced produce, from scratch baked goods, over 3,000 of the world’s finest wines, and catering platters for special events. Knowledgeable staff are ready to serve you, including the Director of Marketing, who has functioned as a journeyman grocery clerk, bakery clerk, beer and wine buyer and now spearheads marketing for the company. 

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