Take a bite out of a Pink Princess, Pixie Crunch, or Scarlett Surprise—they’re not the names of Disney characters, they’re apple breeds.
While the season runs from September to October, these crispy, crunchy fruits are available in cold storage during the winter throughout the Northeast, Northwest, and Midwest. (The U.S. is the second leading producer of apples in the world, after China, and 60 percent of apples consumed in America come from the state of Washington.) You can find them in farmers’ markets and at the grocery store—just be sure to spring for the organic kind, since they top the Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen list of the most pesticide-laden produce.
How to prepare them? While apple crisp, sauce, and pie are no-brainers, why not get a little more exotic by whipping up a beet-apple soup or roasted Brussels sprouts with apples and bacon.
Related: 5 Reasons You Should Always Buy Organic Apples