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FIVE FAVES ENCORE

Five Faves

Awesome apples to sample this autumn by

MEGAN KUCKS, KALAMAZOO FARMERS MARKET

Michigan is well known for its multitude of apple varieties. Coming into harvest season, the southwest corner of the state remains a destination for orchard visits and U-pick activities. So, to make your apple-picking trips more delicious, whether you go to an

orchard or a market, the Kalamazoo Farmers Market team chose five locally sourced apples from neighboring orchards for you to try. These apples are rated on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most sweet and 5 the most tart.

Winesap

Mutsu

Winesap

apples are the all-purpose apple variety. The outer skin is a deep burgundy color, and the inner flesh a hue of yellow. Unlike many other apple blossoms, Winesap blossoms are a light pink rather than white. Because of its wine-like flavor and firm flesh, this apple variety has a prominent history for being used in ciders, juices and preserves. Contrary to the idea that it is “juicy,” the Winesap keeps its firmness under heat, making it an exemplary baking apple as well. Our sweet-to-tart rating:

Otherwise known as Crispin apples, Mutsu will accompany any sweet bread, salad or cheese board. This apple, developed in Japan, debuted in that country’s markets in the 1930s and hit European and American markets under the name Crispin in the 1940s. Being a dessert apple, the Mutsu brings a sweet flavor to pies and tarts or when cubed in muffins and bread. It’s mild on the spice index of apples, making for a perfect pairing with a crisp white Michigan wine and a semisharp cheese. (We recommend Raspberry Bellavitano from The Cheese People of Grand Rapids.) Our rating:

Braeburn Originating from New Zealand, the Braeburn apple is a cross between the Lady Hamilton apple and crowd favorite, the Granny Smith. With orange streaks that vary in depth of color depending on the climate the Braeburn is grown in, this apple is sure to catch your eye. Braeburns are crisp, with a thin skin that crunches easily into a pale yellow, lightly spicy fruit. With hints of nutmeg, pear, and even cinnamon notes, this apple is one that covers all needs. Good for eating fresh off the branch or for baking, applesauce, ciders, jams and dinner dishes, this apple is one to be on the lookout for during harvest season. Our rating: About the Author Megan Kucks is the Markets Assistant Manager at PFC Natural Grocery & Deli. Helping run the local markets is a key component to her position as well as blog posting, marketing and social media management. Megan also takes part in routine farm visits to ensure that ethical and sustainable practices are being used for those that sell at the markets, as well as in-store suppliers. When not working, she is a student in the culinary and sustainable food systems program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. 14 | ENCORE OCTOBER 2018

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