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Apple trees originated in China. Apples are a storecupboard ingredient. Apples can be divided into: eating apples (dessert apples) and cooking apples.

  • Dessert apples or eaters, i.e. those that can be eaten fresh include: Cox's Orange Pippin, Egremont Russet, Laxton's Superb and Worcester Pearmain. Dessert apples can be bought dried, for eating as is, or reconstituting for cereals or baking. Fresh apples can be served cut up in fruit salads, dipped with peanut butter or eaten with cheese, especially Stilton or Wensleydale cheese.
  • Cooking apples include: Bramley's Seedlings, Grenadier, McIntosh and Newton Wonder. Cooking apples are made into purées, baked whole or used in pies or crumbles.

Further Reading

Dowell, P., Bailey, A. (1980) The Book of Ingredients, Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0718119150.