Roche Bros. has made daily trips to the New England Produce Center in Chelsea every day since we opened in 1952. Our buyers hand-select the freshest produce and deliver it directly to each store, alongside local offerings and fresh cut fruit.
It’s officially fall in New England and that means it’s time for everything apple! Our produce department is brimming with apples of all sorts. Here’s our guide to some of our favorite varieties of this fall fruit.
A popular lunch-box apple that’s also good for cooking, McIntosh apples have a tart flavor, red and green skin and tender white flesh. They ripen in late September, so now is the prime time for Macs.
A breed of apple that combines McIntosh with another variety known as Ben Davis, Cortlands are a bit sweeter, with a distinctive white flesh. They’re ideal dessert apples, suited for making applesauce and apple crisp.
With a sweet and mild flavor, these popular apples are versatile, for salads, snacking and baking. They are firm and crisp, with a thinner skin than most apples and a slightly yellow or creamy looking interior flesh.
Macoun apples are a cross between the McIntosh and Jersey Black varieties. Their juicy, white, firm flesh boasts just the right balance between sweet and tart flavors.
With its light green skin, the Granny Smith green apple has a juicy flesh. The yellower the apple, the more acidic, but as they turn more green, the flavor becomes more balanced. Granny Smiths are popular eaten raw and baked into apple pie.
Known for their characteristic yellowish-green skin, Golden Delicious apples are very sweet to the taste. They’re also delicate, so be sure to handle these apples with care. Slice them into salads or make them into apple butter.
Ripe for eating raw, Honeycrisp apples bring a balanced combination of sweet and tart flavor and a firm texture. These apples have bigger cells than most apples, and when you take a bite, that means it will be extra-juicy.
Jazz is a blend of Braeburn and Royal Gala. With a tangy-sweet zing and vibrant crunch, Jazz is great for fresh snacking, salads and all sorts of recipes.
With green skin that blends with a pinkish color and turns more red in the sun, Pink Lady apples are elongated and asymmetrical. The flesh is crunchy and characterized by a tart taste and a sweet, juicy finish. Great for snacking and dessert, bake these crisp apples into tarts or pies, or bake them with a crumble filling, seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add slices of Pink Lady to sandwiches and salads, too.
Deep to bright red in color with white to cream flesh inside, Red Delicious apples have little acidity and a mild, sweet flavor. Put them in your lunchbox, add chopped Red Delicious to salads, or slow cook them for sauces and soups. Pair these apples with cheddar or cinnamon.
Discover these apple varieties and more in the produce department at Roche Bros.