The days are getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change, and across the country, that means one thing: apple picking season is here. And while apples are readily available on grocery store shelves, there’s nothing to compare with heading out to a local orchard to pick your own.
“The most popular apple is a contentious subject, as apples draw on many senses, not just taste: colour, size, crunch, texture, and juiciness are all part of the eating experience,” says Lee-Ann Cudmore, co-owner of the Ocean Crisp Apple Company in Kentville, Nova Scotia, which represents orchards throughout the Annapolis Valley. “Arguably the most popular apple is the Honeycrisp … a beautiful apple with a crunchy bite and a sweet juice explosion [that] you can find on grocery store shelves across North America 12 months of the year.”
Whether you like the sweetness of a Honeycrisp or the tart crunch of a Granny Smith, here are some apples to look out for.