What's Your Apple IQ?

Apples are the most varied food on the planet, with more apple varieties on record than for any other food.

The list of apple varieties topped 7,500 the last time someone counted, including more than 2,500 varieties grown here in the United States. Each apple variety has its own unique flavor, and best uses.

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Handling and Storage Tips

To maximize your apple-eating experience, follow these easy tips for selecting, storing and preparing apples.

  • Select apples that are bruise-free and handle apples gently to prevent bruising.
  • Select apples that are firm to the touch for the best flavor and crunchiness.
  • Store apples in the refrigerator to slow ripening and maintain flavor.
  • Wash individually sold apples in cool water before serving.
  • Store apples away from strong-smelling foods to prevent them from absorbing unpleasant odors.
  • Coat apple slices and dices in a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water – or Vitamin C-fortified 100% apple juice – to retard browning.


Apple Equivalents

Not sure how many apples to buy for that special recipe? Here are some helpful equivalents.

Size Diameter Sliced or Chopped Finely chopped Grated Sauce
Large 3 ¾" (9.5 cm) 2 cups 1 ½ cups 1 ¼cups ¾ cup
Medium 2 ¾" (7 cm) 1 ⅓ cups 1 cup ¾ cup ½ cup
Small 2 ¼" (5.7 cm) ¾ cup ¾ cup ½ cup ⅓ cup
1 pound = 4 small apples OR 3 medium apples OR about 2 large apples
1 9" or 10" pie = 2 ½ pounds (4-5 large OR 6-7 medium OR 8-9 small apples)
1 pound, sliced = about 2 ¾cups
1 pound diced = about 3 cups
1 peck = 10 ½pounds
1 bushel = 42 pounds

Feed Your Brain!

You can find out much more about apples at the U.S. Apple Association website.