Why should you compare apples... to apples? Because depending on what you're making, some are better than others. Here are our faves for each apple application.

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Photography by Caitlin Bensel
| Credit: Photography by Caitlin Bensel

Apple Pie

Make a balanced filling with firm, sweet-tart apples. Try Jazz, Granny Smith, Mutsu, or Jonathan. Better yet, mix a few types for complex flavor.

Baked Apples

Crisp varieties will keep their shape and hold fillings as they bake. Four varieties we love: Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Rome, and Braeburn.

Applesauce

Get that spoonable, buttery texture with apples that break down easily, like Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Jonagold, or Cortland.