What Kinds Of Apples Are Best For Juicing?

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Apples are not only delicious, they are packed with nutrients and have a lot of essential vitamins and minerals that we need for good health. Some of the main benefits of apples include:

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Helps reduce cardiovascular disease risk
  • Excellent source of vitamin C
  • Good source of vitamin K

This tasty fruit is very healthy. Apples have more fiber than other fruits, which makes them very beneficial for your digestive system and helps prevent constipation. They are also known to help digestion of fats and help minimize flatulence.

Apples are also excellent for your heart and help reduce your risk of heart disease. They contain natural antioxidants that help prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What kind of apples are used in apple juice?

The vast majority of apples used in the production of apple juice are Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Rome, Pink Lady, and Golden Delicious. As you can see there are a lot of different breeds, and you can add to that list as well. This, of course, means that they have different flavor profiles. If you want a sweeter, more naturally sweet taste, the Galas will do it for you. If you want a more robust apple juice flavor, you will have to go with a day old Granny Smith. If you want a truly unique and sweet flavor, you should go for the Fuji.

Is it OK to juice whole apples?

Some would advise that you baby slice and core apples before juicing them, but then you are left with seeds and chunks (the best part, in my opinion). If seeds bother you, then make sure the ones you buy have been seedlessed (or, if buying apples in the store, those that look pit-free will likely be the best ones to juice).

The best apples for juicing are the sweet, crisp, juicy and crunchy ones that are available this fall, like Pink Ladies, Gala, Rome, Gala, and Fuji. All these varieties of apples are excellent for juicing (the Skinny Juice recipe recommends 5 red apples and 2 Fuji apples).

How many apples do I need to juice?

If you don’t have a food scale, instead of counting apples, consider the size of the juicer you have. I would recommend an average size apple per cup of juice. In addition the size of your juicer, you should also consider the size of your apples. For instance, Thompson and Granny Smith apples are smaller sized than Fuji apples.

Using a scale is almost always the best option, but even without one, you can get away with it if you use the right size produce basket (it’s the thing that the apples go into in the juicer – it is named differently depending on the machine). You can figure out what size will work best for you with the size of the machine that you’re looking at.

Should you core an apple before juicing?

Coring an apple before juicing allow you to properly maneuver it in the juicing machine and ensure maximum efficiency. Apples with seeds are also better off cored, as seeds add to friction and reduce the ability of the juicer to work.

It's worth mentioning that most juicers are not built for apples. Just like juicing leafy greens, you can damage and stifle the machine with too many hard items. Cutting your apples into smaller pieces, before you insert them into your juicer, can prevent damage to your machine.


Choosing the right type of apple to juice really depends on your own tastes and preferences. People choose apples that are naturally sweet and less acidic based on their own preferences for flavor and health benefits.

There are three general types of apples that are popular for juicing:

  • Sweet Red Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Stayman Winesap

Red delicious apples tend to be a little sweeter and less sour than Granny Smith, which appeal to some people. However they also make more cloudy juice, which is less appealing to other people.

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