We all love apples, even those who aren’t big fans can enjoy apple juice, apple pie, apple cobbler, and apple-flavored candies. Apples are actually super versatile, and getting the right apple really matters!
Even a pork chop needs applesauce after all!
Different apples work better for different things, and sometimes you need a sweet apple to really make the most out of a recipe. But, which apples are the sweetest?
Today, we will walk you through all the sweetest apples, so when you go out apple picking, you know what you are looking for!
The Sweetest Apples You Can Get
One of the primary qualities you will be seeking out in apples, especially for desserts and smoothies, is sweetness. You may want an apple to chow down on, add to a recipe, or chuck in a smoothie.
Whatever the case, only the sweetest apples are worth it. That is why you need to know what is super sweet!
Here is our list of super sweet tasty apples!
- Fuji apples.
- Gala apples.
- Honeycrisp apples.
- Opal apples.
- Red delicious apples.
- Golden delicious.
- Ambrosia apples.
- Pinata apples.
- Jazz apples.
- Envy apples.
Today, we will look into these apples and what actually makes them so sweet, also what each apple is actually best for. We also want to check out which ones are the sweetest overall.
When you are making a smoothie, instead of ice, add in frozen fruit, and you get a better flavor and more nutrition. You will need a powerful blender to handle doing this, however.
One of our favorite sweet apples is the Fuji apple. These apples have a very sugary sharp taste, which makes them ideal for caramel apples and for use in smoothies. These are one of the best options for having a sweet and tarty flavor.
They are also great due to their nice crunch, which differs from many other apples which will usually have a grainier texture to them. Their skin is red with yellow and pink specs.
They are called Fuji apples as they were grown in Fujisaki in Japan, as a cross between Red Delicious and Virginia Rall Janet apples.
They are the ideal apple for salads, apple pies, snacks, a garnish, apple crisps, and smoothies.
Gala apples are the children of Kidd’s Orange Red apples and Golden Delicious apples, both of which are well known for being sweet. These apples were discovered in New Zealand in 1934, and can now be bought from supermarkets, or if you planted a Gala tree, you can grow them yourself!
They are naturally sweet apples and are pretty well known for being a beautiful red color with yellow stripes. While they are sweet, they keep their shape very well, so make for an excellent apple recipe.
These apples are ideal for salads, baking, apple crisps, apple pies, snacks, juices, garnishes, and so on.
Honeycrisp apples are very high in acidity and in their natural sugars. They give you a sweet taste that is excellently balanced. They have a complex and flavorful taste which is always available at fall farmers’ markets.
They are quite large too, so they are very attractive too. Not alone in this is their crispy and crunchy texture, which comes in tow with a honey-type aroma that gives their whole flavor a boost.
They are so popular that the Canadian Nova Scotia government spent over $1,000,000 to fund a renewal program for these apples back in 2005.
These are great for baking, apple crisps, apple pies, salads, juicing, garnishes, and snacks.
Opal apples are the child of Topaz and Golden Delicious apples, with a floral and sweet flavor with a crispy texture. They are a lot like Topaz apples in how they look but they have a yellow flush to them.
They are extremely resistant to browning so they stay crunchy and tasty for ages. These are best for salads, smoothies, cheese boards, eating as-is, muffins, and even apple pies.
Red Delicious is the best-known apple in America, and they are actually fairly sweet, much similar to the taste of an over-ripened melon, although their flesh is much juicier and crispier, however, the skin is waxy and tough.
They are a bit disappointing if you grab them from the local Walmart since they lack the flavor that you’d get if you picked them fresh.
However, when picked fresh they are great for juices, salads, smoothies, garnishes in sandwiches, and eating as is.
Golden Delicious Apples
Golden Delicious apples are a parent to many newer apple varieties. This apple started off from a farm in West Virginia. While they are produced in the masses and are very often found in superstore grocery departments, they are both delicious and sweet.
Sadly the ones in superstores are usually green and are set aside for months before you can buy them. When they are picked they are authentic, like raw sugarcane, so it is best to get them straight from the source.
If you do, use them for salads, apple juice, baking, eating as is, apple cider, smoothies, sandwich garnishes, and cheese platters.
Ambrosia means to be “food of the Gods”. They are famous apples for being sweet and rich but low in acidity with natural sugars shining through. No one knows where they came from, but they are distinct.
They have a honey-like sweetness and floral scents. This makes them ideal for garnishes, snacks, baking, smoothies, apple sauce, and salads!
Pinata apples are both sharp and sweet, they taste almost tropical. Grown in Europe, they are yet another apple descended from the Golden Delicious apple. It has a crunchy texture which is somewhat of a rarity among sweet apples.
It also has natural properties that make it a non-browning apple variety.
They are awesome for dishes, juices, baking, snacking, salads, and smoothies too.
Jazz apples are something of a more modern apple. Many people would believe that older heritage apples are the only ones with real taste, and modern ones do not, but these prove them wrong.
Jazz apples are the modern staple of jazz apples, offering yellow flesh, both dense and crisp, perfect for eating, crisps, baking, tarts, and even the odd cheese board.
Envy apples are a newer type that comes from New Zealand, it is one of the most popular fresh apples. Envy apples are actually a close relative of the Jazz apple, with an attractive, round shape and red skin.
Snow White herself would never resist.
These apples are great for baking into pies, eating as is, garnishes, salads, cakes, snacks, crisps, and more.
Gala Apples Vs Honeycrisp Apples
Batting it out as two of the sweetest apples, is the Gala or Honeycrisp sweeter? Honey crisp is sweeter, being juicy, crispy, and sweet much like the taste of apple cider. Gala apples are the direct descendants of golden Delicious and Kinds Orange Red, allowing them an automatic sweet taste.
However, both apples have a sweet flavor that differs. This does mean it kind of depends on you, some say Gala is sweeter, and others say Honeycrisp is sweeter. Taste both and tell us what you think!
Gala Vs Fuji Apples
Fuji apples are even sweeter than Gala apples thanks to their juice. Their juice has 18% sugar in it so their taste is both sweet and sugary, making them great for candies and for baking.
Meanwhile, Gala apples are natural in their sweetness, but they have much less sugar in them and are not as sweet as Fuji apples. If sweet as sweet can be is what you want, seek out Fuji apples!
Are Sweet Apples Good For You?
Most of us are well aware that sweetness usually means unhealthy, but does this apply to apples too?
Sweet apples are still healthy. In fact, some sweet varieties such as Red Delicious, Fuji, Golden Delicious, and Gala apples have plenty of antioxidants in them too.
Sweeter apples are also very high in fiber too, so will get your gastrointestinal tract working well. They are high in numerous minerals and vitamins as well, and studies have even shown that they can help fight disease and illness too.
So, next time you wonder if you should snack on an apple for breakfast, reach for your favorite sweet variety, it’ll do you good!
Which apple you choose depends on what you want to use it for, and how much of a sweet tooth you have. When you are choosing an apple for a smoothie, consider what you will mix it with and how sweet you want it.
Fuji is sweet, but perhaps Gala or Golden Delicious fits better.
Which is your favorite?
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