Apples are amazing. Tasty? Totally. Nutrient-dense? Heck yes. Versatile? Very. In fact, there are thousands of apple varieties to pick from. Here’s a quick guide to the 10 most popular varieties you can (probably) find at your local grocery store or market.

We also have the deets on the potential health perks of eating apples, plus some apple-tizing recipes.

What are some popular apple varieties?

The 10 best apples are:

  1. Red Delicious
  2. Granny Smith
  3. Golden Delicious
  4. Honeycrisp
  5. Gala
  6. Fuji
  7. Pink Lady
  8. Jonathan
  9. McIntosh
  10. Braeburn
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1. Red Delicious

Red Delicious apples are iconic. But TBH, their taste doesn’t match their vibrant color. They have a mild flavor and sometimes have a slight grassy vibe. And yet, they’re one of the most popular apples ever. They usually don’t hold up well in baked goods, but we love them sliced and dipped in nut butter.

2. Granny Smith

These jack-of-all-trades apples are known for their tart taste. Granny Smiths a terrific addition to tons of recipes thanks to their firm “flesh” and tangy flavor profile. They’re the bomb when baked and super in seasonal salads.

Fun fact: Granny Smith apples are named after a real person! Maria Ann Smith first propagated them in the 1860s in Australia.

3. Golden Delicious

These golden orbs live up to their name. They’re very sweet, almost like honey. They also have a slight hint of cinnamon and anise. We love how tender they are when ripe, almost like a pear.

4. Gala

Mildly sweet and delightfully crisp, Gala apples are taller and thinner than most other apples. They’re usually a pale red with distinct yellow streaks. FYI: A large Gala apple has 4.6 grams of fiber — not too shabby!

5. Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp apples are crunchy and hella juicy. They offer a balanced mix of sweet and acidic flavors, with subtle notes of honey. Bonus: You can roast, press, bake, dry, or juice them.

6. Fuji

Fuji apples are one of the sweetest apples around. They have a floral aroma and very little acidity. The flesh is juicy and gets fizzy when you bite into it. Yum.

7. Pink Lady

These beauties are a blend of tangy, tart, and sweet. Spoiler: They’re not actually pink. But they do have a pretty, pale red color. They’re fantastic thinly sliced and thrown into a salad with spinach, walnuts, feta, and cranberries.

8. Jonathan

Slightly sweet with a hint of tartness, Jonathans are an excellent choice for caramel apples. Their skin is smooth, albeit a bit tough, and they have a light crunch. They’re small in size and have a long shelf life, making them the perfect lunchbox snack.

9. McIntosh

McIntosh apples have it all. They’re juicy, tart, sweet, and boast a subtle hint of spice. They break down quickly when baked and make banging applesauce or apple cider.

10. Braeburn

Braeburn’s are famous for their fabulous flavor. Folks love their natural cinnamon-spice vibe. They also have a delightful texture and work well in desserts like cakes, pies, and tarts.

Can an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Prob not. But you should def eat them anyway. Apples are chock full of vital vitamins and nutrients like:

  • Vitamin C. Carrots get all the credit. But apples are also a sweet source of vitamin C (aka aascorbic acid). This essential nutrient is involved in loads of body functions like wound healing and the maintenance of your bone, teeth, skin, and joints. It also plays a major role in your immune system.
  • Potassium. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one medium apple offers 4 percent of your daily recommended intake (RDI) of potassium. Potassium is needed to maintain sufficient fluid levels inside your body’s cells. Not getting enough potassium can negatively impact your health, including increasing blood pressure levels.
  • Quercetin. Apples are a decent source of quercetin, a compound that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A diet high in quercetin may help protect heart health.
  • Copper. A cup of apple slices contains about 4 percent of the RDI of copper. Along with iron, this nutrient helps your body form red blood cells. It also helps you maintain healthy blood vessels, nerves, and bones.
  • Catechin. Apples are a solid source of catechins. These phytochemicals are known for their strong antioxidant powers.

Here are some fantastic recipes to help you make the most out of your apples.

1. Applesauce by Cookie + Kate

This amazing applesauce is a bountiful blend of Gala and Granny Smiths. It’s super easy to make and the final product is 10/10 comforting. You can serve it chilled or warm, and it’ll last in the fridge for up to a week.

Pro tip: Use an immersion blender for a smoother sauce or a potato masher if you like it chunky.

2. French apple cake by Once Upon a Chef

This cake is moist, buttery, and delicious. The splash of dark rum gives it a deep and sultry flavor. The recipe works best with tart apples like Honey Crisp or Granny Smiths. You can also combine varieties for a unique flavor.

3. Mini apple galettes by Bakes by Brown Sugar

These mini galettes are the perfect treat for the fall. The buttery crust pairs perfectly with the tender, tart apple filling. We also love that they look fancy AF, but they’re actually a breeze to make.

4. Skillet chicken with apples and onions by The Seasoned Mom

This recipe is the perfect example of apple versatility. The dish combines savory onions with sweet-tart apples. The creamy dreamy Dijon sauce is so good served on mashed potatoes or next to a side of green beans. But the best part? You only need one skillet.

5. Apple cider by The Forked Spoon

This fragrant, flavorful fall fave is very easy to make at home. All you need are the ingredients and a slow cooker. The recipe calls for fresh apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice. But feel free to give it your own spin.

Apples are a delicious and nutritious addition to your daily diet. They’re packed with good-for-you nutrients and work well in tons of tasty dishes. The top 10 varieties of apples in the United States are:

  1. Red Delicious
  2. Granny Smith
  3. Golden Delicious
  4. Honeycrisp
  5. Gala
  6. Fuji
  7. Pink Lady
  8. Jonathan
  9. McIntosh
  10. Braeburn

Keep in mind, there are literally thousands of apple varieties to pick from. So don’t be afraid to try one that isn’t on our list.