Food & Drink

Bonnie Aeschliman: Jonathan apples perfect for cooking

When you survey the apples in our local markets, you will find we have many selections – Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Pink Lady, Fuji, Braeburn, Honeycrisp and others that are available year round. Some of those varieties are grown in the Northwest; others are shipped in from other countries.

However, in September, you will find a Jonathan – a small red apple with a tart flavor, locally grown or brought in from surrounding states. When I see those, I know it is September – fall has arrived. You won’t find Jonathan apples during the winter months as they are not good keepers. So you need to enjoy them now while they are available.

Besides being a tart, juicy apple that makes a nutritious snack, Jonathan apples are perfect for cooking. Their tart flavor makes them ideal for apple crisps, applesauce, pies and apple cakes.

Today I am sharing a fabulous apple cake, chock full of fresh apples, walnuts, raisins and spices that I know you are going to love. It is made from scratch and will taste far better than anything you will make from a box. Jonathan apples are perfect for this recipe. But if they are not available, I substitute Granny Smith – they are good too.