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What are the best apples to use in recipes? 

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Well, it all depends on the recipe, but as a general rule, apples with round bottoms are used for baking, while those with bumps at the bottom are usually eaten out of hand or tossed in salads.

As for homemade applesauce or apple pie, you can get the best taste and texture by using a variety of "G" apples (think Gala, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith). For recipes using a variety of apples, see 7 Ways with Fresh Apples and our collection of Halloween-friendly candied apples.