Fruits - The Chef's Cooking School
apricots

Apricots: Golden Yellow

Flavor profile: Sweet

What to look for: Clean colors, free of bruises, softer as it ripens

Uses: Hand fruit, jam, jelly, glaze,fruit tart

Storage: Refrigerator

Preparation, Slice discard pit

Braeburn Apple: red/orange over yellows

Flavor profile: Sweet n spicy

What to look for: Clean colors, free of bruises, firm

Uses: Fresh, pies, baked, sauce, pastry

Storage: Wrap paper between to keep from bruising. cool

           room or refrigerator as low as 32 degrees is ok

Preparation: The skin is edible, or peel, slice for cooking ,

                  seeds are inedible

braeburn apple
cmeo apple

Cameo: Red with green yellow undertones

Flavor profile: Sweet tart

What to look for: Clean colors free of bruises, firm

Uses: Fresh, pies, baked, sauce, pastry

Storage: Wrap paper between to keep from bruising. cool

               room or refrigerator as low as 33 degrees is OK.

Preparation: Skin is edible, or peel, slice for cooking , seeds are inedible

Cortland: Cortland

Flavor profile: Sweet with a hint of tart

What to look for: Clean colors free of bruises, firm

Uses: Fresh, pies, baked, sauce, pastry

Storage: Wrap paper between to keep from bruising.

            cool room or refrigerator as low as 33 degrees  is OK.

Preparation: Skin is edible, or peel, slice for cooking ,

              seeds are inedible

cortland
empire apple

Empire: Red with hints of yellow

Flavor profile: Sweet tart

What to look for: Clean colors free of bruises, firm skin when press thumb

Uses: Fresh, pies, baked, sauce, pastry

Storage: Wrap paper between to keep from bruising. cool room

               or refrigerator as low as 33 degrees is ok.

Preparation: Skin is edible, or peel, slice for cooking , seeds are inedible

Golden Delicious: Pale yellow

Flavor profile: Sweet mellow

What to look for: Clean colors, free of bruises, firm skin when

         press thumb

Uses: Fresh, pies, baked, sauce, pastry

Storage: Wrap paper between to keep from bruising. cool room

        or refrigerator as low as 33 degrees is ok.

Preparation: Skin is edible, or peel, slice for cooking , seeds are inedible

golden delicious
granny smith

Granny Smith: Green

Flavor profile: Sour

What to look for: Clean colors free of bruises, firm skin when press thumb

Uses: Fresh, good cooking when paired with other apples

Storage: Wrap paper between to keep from bruising. cool room or

          refrigerator as low as 33 degrees is OK.

Preparation: Skin is edible, or peel, slice for cooking , seeds are inedible

Horned Melon: Golden Yellow, thorn like spikes

Flavor profile: Cucumber/kiwi/banana

What to look for: Clean colors free of bruises

Uses: Decor, eaten raw

Storage: Store under refrigeration

Preparation: Cut in half, squeeze out sacks of

           seeds to your mouth, seeds are edible

horned melon
kiwi

Kiwi: Fuzzy brown green skin, tiny black seeds

Flavor profile: Citrus pineapple, strawberry, unripe-sour grape

What to look for: Clean colors, firm, softens as it ripens

Uses: Hand fruit, salsas, jam,jelly, baking,juice, salads

Storage: Unripe at room temperature, ripe in refrigerator

Preparation: Peel skin (although it is edible), slice, etc.

Mango: Pale green or yellow marked with red

Flavor profile: Peach like, juicy

What to look for: Clean colors, firm, softens as it ripens

Uses: Hand fruit, salsas, jam,jelly, baking, salads

Storage: Unripe at room temperature, ripe in refrigerator

Preparation: Peel, large flat oval pit needs to be removed.

mango
naval orange

Navel Orange: Bright orange

Flavor profile: Sweet citrus juicy

What to look for: Clean colors, firm

Uses: Juice, hand fruit, salad

Storage: Unripe at room temperature, ripe in refrigerator

Preparation: Cut the top and bottom off, peel skin under white, separate sections,

Nectarine:Orange/yellow with blush red, smooth skin

Flavor profile: Sweet tangy

What to look for: Clean colors, firm

Uses: Salsa, hand fruit, salads, baking,

Storage: Unripe at room temperature, ripe in refrigerator

Preparation: For cooking, peel, remove pit, slice etc.

Note: This is not a cross between peach and plum, is a 

           sibling of the peach.

nectarine
pink grapefruit

Pink Grapefruit: yellow with a rose blush

Flavor profile: citrus, tart slight sweet

What to look for: firm, bright, no wrinkles

Uses: juice, eat, salads, dressings

Storage: unripe at room temperature, ripe in refrigerator

Preparation:cut the top and bottom off, peel skin under white,

             separate sections, 

Pink Lady: Pink over Yellow background

Flavor profile: Tangy and sweet

What to look for: Clean colors, free of bruises, firm skin when press thumb

Uses: Fresh, pies, baked, sauce, pastry

Storage: Wrap paper between to keep from bruising. cool room or

               refrigerator as low as 33 degrees is OK.

Preparation: Skin is edible, or peel, slice for cooking , seeds are inedible

pink lady
plum

Plum: Purplish red

Flavor profile: Juicy, sweet tart

What to look for: Firm, smooth skin,

Uses: Salsa, hand fruit, salads, baking,

Storage: Wrap paper between to keep from

             bruising. cool room or refrigerator as low as 33 degrees is OK.

Preparation: For cooking, peel, remove pit, slice etc. 

Red Delicious: Bright ruby red

Flavor profile: Sweet and Juicy

What to look for: clean colors, free of bruises, firm skin when press thumb

Uses: Fresh

Storage: Wrap paper between to keep from bruising. cool room or

            refrigerator as low as 33 degrees is OK.

Preparation: Skin is edible, or peel, slice for cooking, seeds are inedible

red delicious
seedless watermelon

Seedless Watermelon: Green yellow stripes

Flavor profile: Juicy sweet

What to look for: Firm,no cracks or

Uses: Salad, hand fruit (sliced)

Storage: Refrigeration

Preparation: Peel rind, slice chop etc.

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