Favorite Apples

Pink Lady apple

I wake up some days haunted by a FOX News-like ticker slowly scrolling. Today, it was a question playing on a loop. I had to know the answer and couldn’t wait a moment longer. It was driving me nuts. Among sports media personalities, which type of apple is most popular? You’re dying to know, too? Phew. Thought I was all alone. I shouldn’t be held in suspense any longer and neither should y’all.

Here we are, folks.

A response rolled in from New York Times best selling author and current MLB analyst Dirk Hayhurst:

“The kind that lets me send email and download games.”

He followed up:

“Seriously, Honeycrisp. Versatile apple that pairs well. Gala cooks better. Golden delicious if eating right off a tree”

Michael Silverman covers the Red Sox for the Boston Herald:

“Ok I’m going to take this seriously…Gala (ripe): perfect blend of tart and sweet, plus scores high on bite/crunch”

Speaking of Red Sox, here is ‘04 World Series Champion, Kevin Millar:

“Green apples I love because I am a tart kind of guy and love to dip them in caramel also.”

Industry veteran Chris Myers predictably went old school on us with his selection:

“I like the question…Red Delicious (or iPad Mini). Good for salad, great color and texture…tastes like the name and you hear a crunch when you bite into it!”

Chris added this (of course he did, he’s an OG):

“Also, caramel apples.”

My supremely talented teammate at Fox Sports 1, Charissa Thompson, compared based on color:

“Green- crisp… Sweet and the skin doesn’t compete with the flavor of the apple. (Red does)!”

C Trent Rosecrans covers the Cincinnati Reds:

“Honeycrisp — it used to be Fuji, but that was before I discovered the deliciousness that is Honeycrisp. I also think the limited time availability helps it. I’m a collector at heart.”

The co-host of Intentional Talk on MLB Network and an exceptional baseball mind, Chris Rose knows his fruit:

“Fuji…usually have it after a workout with some almond butter.  Sweet, crunchy.  Need to keep it in the fridge for that extra ‘pop’.”

Ramona Shelbourne, who covers all sports in LA and has been doing so spectacularly well for a long time now, takes a cultural approach:

“Granny Smith dipped in honey. Rosh Hashanah tradition, but I like them like that all the time.”

Jason Parks, scout of baseball talent for Baseball Prospectus and more, also knows the 5 tools of apple picking:

“Granny Smith, all the way. They are almost tart.”

Is that like almost ready for the big leagues, professor?

Another one of my extraordinary teammates at Fox Sports Live, Andy Roddick, comprehends the true value of an apple:

“Red, because it got me better grades when given to a teacher.”

Finally, Ken Rosenthal held his cards close to his bowtie.

“I’m not an apple guy, LOL.”

Fortunately a source close to Ken tells me the truth. Ken prefers Pippin apples.

Alright, alright, you dragged it out of me. I’m currently on a Pink Lady binge. They are heavy in the hand, crisper than most, tart and dense with a strong, juicy finish.

Your favorites in the comments below, please?



  1. Ed H says

    I prefer the Grannies… I bet a certain aspect of personal choice is influenced by what you grew up with. I’m from New England and had mostly Macintoshes growing up. I’ve never liked any Delicious variants and to me Pink Ladies, Fujis and Galas all taste and are textured like Deliciouses.. By “never liked” I mean relative to each other because all apples are gooood :)

  2. dbreer23 says

    Honeycrisp apples are our faves in general, but also tend to be the most expensive (and as mentioned, seasonal). Our year-round go-to’s are Pink Ladies, or alternately Fujis.

    – Dan

  3. Brian says

    Here’s a really handy, comprehensive guide on the types of apples and all sorts of information to go with them, including ripening dates. Even includes a checklist for those that are suitable for baking, juicing, turning into butter/pie/sauce.


    I’ve always preferred the Gala apple, and I was happy to see it fare quite well with regards to its versatility!

  4. Kevin says

    While Honeycrisp are great when they’re in season, my year-round go to is Braeburn. Always available at all the grocery stores in MA, and always crisp and sweet (as long as you don’t let them sit in your fridge for too long).

    • Gabe Kapler says

      I can honestly say I’ve never left an apple in the fridge for too long. They get devoured in days.

  5. Wendi says

    Nothing like a fall apple in New England. Whatever you do, get them at the orchard and not the market!!!

  6. West Seattle Marc says

    1. Jazz 2. Pink Lady 3. Honeycrisp

    Absolutely, positively have to be Washington State apples.

  7. John says

    Fuji, Fuji, Fuji–go to weekend snack when we have extra teenagers over is sliced Fuji’s in a bowl of natural peanut butter

  8. Jeremy says

    I’ve been a huge Pink Lady fan for several years now. I’ll eat any apple as long as it’s crisp though.

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