Which are the Best Apples for Juicing?
If you enjoy juicing in your kitchen at home, you have probably pondered which apples are the best for juicing. Since there are so many different varieties and colors to choose from, it seems like a tough decision. You don’t want your juice to be bitter or tart if you are drinking it and perhaps you aren’t looking for a super sweet option either. This helpful guide will look at the best apples for juicing to help make your decision an easier one.
Considerations for the Best Apples for Juicing
- Flavor and Sweetness
- Skin Color
With so many breeds of apples, it may seem like a daunting task to choose the perfect one for your juicing experience but this list will help you make a choice. There are three main apple types which seem to be the most popular amongst juicing enthusiasts, and they are Red Delicious, McIntosh and Granny Smith. Each of these apples offer a different juicing experience and taste, depending upon exactly what you are looking for and prefer.
FLAVOR AND SWEETNESS
When it comes to flavor, apples are a very tasty, crunchy snack. Along with that, they have a tonne of health benefits including anti-oxidants and help with the digestive system. However, no two apples seem to taste the same and this will, obviously, affect the output of their juices when you decide to use them in your juicing.
Red Delicious Apples: These apples are known for the sharp, crisp sweetness. They are also very juicy, which means you will be able to extract a lot of juice from this flavor variety without using as many apples as other varieties to get the same amount of juice. You won’t need to add sugar to juice made from a Red Delicious apple; it will be sweet enough on its own.
McIntosh Apples: Just like a Red Delicious apple, McIntosh are known for the sweetness. This is a very common flavor variety of apple in grocery stores. Not only will McIntosh output a sweet juice, there is also a hint of spice to the flavoring. This super juicy apple will yield plenty of juices.
Granny Smith Apples: While this popular apple variety is super juicy, it is more known for its tartness as opposed to sweetness. If you prefer a sweet juice from your juicer, you will need to add sugar to your final product.
THE WINNER FOR FLAVOR AND SWEETNESS:
You may be thinking to yourself, “Why would the color of the apple skin matter?” since you are looking only to extract the juices. The simple answer is that it does, in fact, matter since you are better off juicing apples with their skins left on. This ensures the most nutrients are derived from the apple as possible and who doesn’t want to be healthier?
Red Delicious: These apples should be chosen when they are rich, dark red in color. The skins from a Red Delicious are shown to contain the most anti-oxidants of the most popular varieties of apples. The skins also add to the sweetness of flavor.
McIntosh: The skin is red with highlights of lime green which depends on the time of year they are harvested. In September or October means you should see a little more green than earlier in the year. Their skin add sweet, spicy tones to the juice and plenty of Vitamin A, B and C.
Granny Smith: The green skins found on Granny Smith apple are very tart and can be a little stiff. In fact, some people compare the tartness to that of a lemon. They do offer nutrients, however, so they shouldn’t be removed for juicing. They will add some flavor to your drink too.
THE WINNER OF SKIN COLOR
Believe it or not, the ripeness of the apple you choose will affect the quality of the juice in both amount and sweetness, not to mention if the juice seems “thick” or cloudy. Each variety will have signs to look for in terms of ripeness and over-ripeness. This helpful guide will walk you through determining if the apple you are about to use is “juice-worthy”.
Red Delicious Apples: To ensure your Red Delicious is at its peak ripeness, hold it in your hand firmly and rub your thumb across the skin. The skin should not pucker up or wrinkle. Also think about how it feels. It should feel solid and heavy and have a rich, red coloring. It is okay if there is a slight yellow fleck to the skin. These apples do not ripen more after picking but will convert their starch to sugar, making them sweeter and sweeter as they are stored.
McIntosh Apples: If the stem is still attached to the apples you will be using, you can bet they are ripe. McIntosh Apples can ripen a little after picking, while in transit for example, but they also bruise easily. The later in the season you purchase these apples, the sweeter they will be. They won’t over-ripen quickly if they are stored properly in your refrigerator.
Granny Smith Apples: The color of the skin is a giveaway about ripeness for a Granny Smith. The more immature the apple, the brighter green the flesh will be. As it matures it becomes a duller green and eventually a yellowish. You want to use it in the duller green state when it is at peak ripeness for that tart Granny Smith taste.
THE WINNER FOR RIPENESS
If you can’t find it for sale, you will obviously not be able to use it in your juicing process. Apples are generally harvested in most areas in early September into February in some areas. Every variety of apple is different and depends on the climate it requires to grow. This availability will also affect the price of apples, since when they are in season, you will pay less per pound.
Red Delicious Apples: You will easily find Red Delicious apples year round in most grocery stores. This makes them ready and able to be used for juicing whenever you wish. Of course, this means that the pricing is fairly consistent per pound all year.
McIntosh Apples: The season you will find the best McIntosh apples is from September to mid-spring. The others have probably been picked while unripe and stored to ripen. They are relatively inexpensive year round.
Granny Smith Apples: These green beauties can be found year round in your grocery store, however, they do tend run a little pricier than other varieties of apples.
THE WINNER OF AVAILABILITY
In reality, most apples are fine for juicing and it is often a matter of personal taste. By following this guide, you should have an easier decision on your hands as to which varieties contain what you are looking for. My recommendation would for the best apples for juicing if you cannot decide would definitely be Red Delicious because of their sweetness, which gets sweeter with time and with excellent health benefits of their rich, red skin. This along with the vast availability means they are accessible to most people. These apples will yield a fresh, sweet juice which you can enjoy anytime.