There are thousands of apple varieties, with a range of colors including red, russet, yellow, and green. Textures and flavors vary from tart and crisp to soft and sweet.
In Season: Apple-picking season begins in late August or early September and lasts through November. Because apples keep well in cold storage, they are available year-round.
What to Look For: Choose apples that are heavy for their size and feel firm when pressed gently. Avoid bruised fruit.
How to Store: For the longest shelf life, store apples in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Use within three weeks.