Maryland apple season is in full swing, with 62 percent of the crop harvested. Maryland has 1,897 acres of apples on 171 farms. Those farms produce everything from Golden Delicious and Macintosh to unique varieties such as the Spencerville Red.

“Maryland orchards are among the best in the country,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “It’s just hard to beat a local Maryland apple.”

Fresh Maryland apples can be found in many grocery stores throughout the state.  If your local grocery store does not carry Maryland apples, be sure to ask a produce manager for them. For a fun, family activity, visit a pick-your-own orchard and spend the afternoon gathering apples to make your favorite dishes. 

Here are some tips for selecting the best apples:

  • Examine the apple for any bruises or spots;
  • Squeeze the apple for firmness, a fresh apple should feel solid in your hand;
  • Look at the stem and any attached leaves for freshness; and
  • Ask the farmer, they know their apples the best.

Consumers of all ages can benefit from an apple a day. Not just a delicious and healthy snack, apples are full of complex carbohydrates, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin A, phosphorus, thiamin and magnesium. Apples do not contain fat, sodium or cholesterol. With only 80 calories per apple, they fit in perfectly with a healthy lifestyle.

To find Maryland apples, easy recipes, and pick-your own orchards, visit www.marylandsbest.net.  To learn about the Spencerville Red apple variety, go to http://www.spencervillered.com/SpencervilleRed.html