What's in season: Apples
Considering that yesterday marked the beginning of fall, it's only fitting that the season's most famous fruit is making its first appearances at farmers markets around the city.
"Apples are just starting to come in now," said Ryan Race, of Race Farms in Blairstown, New Jersey, who was hawking early-season apples at the Union Square Farmers Market on Monday.
Two particularly early varieties of these fall favorites are honey crisp and empire apples.
Honey crisps boast a firm texture and a partly sweet, partly tart flavor — perfect for eating raw. You'll know these red and green fruits by their distinctive two-toned coloration.
Empire apples are sweet and juicy, with a crisp taste that makes them tasty out of hand, diced into salads, or even sliced onto sandwiches. These fruits can also be used in applesauces.
Fresh empire apples cost about $2.50 per pound at farmers markets and greengrocers, while honey crisps retail for around $1.75 per pound.