Apples Choosing Apples:There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the U.S. There are also many ways to preserve them. When selecting apples, their flavor is best when they are at the peak of maturity. To judge the maturity of apples, do not go by size. Choose apples that are free ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!