The Best Apples and Pears for Baby Food

Posted on May 17 2008 - 4:11pm by Christine
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We received a message yesterday from Stephanie in the US, asking which are the best types of apples and pears to use in baby food recipes. We thought this information might be useful to everyone, so here’s our reply…

“The best apples for making baby food are those that are naturally sweet – this, of course, avoids the need for extra sweeteners in your recipes.

Some of the sweetest apples are

  • Red Delicious
  • Golden Delicious
  • Braeburn
  • Honeycrisp
  • Gala
  • Empire (great for applesauce as it tends to go a lovely shade of pink!)

Apples that are more tart in flavour – and that you may wish to avoid in the early stages – include

  • Granny Smith
  • Pippin
  • McIntosh
  • Russet
  • JonaGold

Best apples and pears for baby food

There are various factors to think about when deciding whether or not to peel apples for use in your baby food recipes (see this page for more information) – if you DO choose to leave the skin on, however, you should buy organic apples in order to avoid the pesticide residues that accumulate in the skin of non-organic produce.

Something else that you should consider if you will be using unpeeled apples is that the skin of Red Delicious apples may sometimes be quite tough and bitter – our babies didn’t like it at all!

See our Apple Baby Food Recipes here

As for pears – again, organic is best (for the reasons given above). All pears are sweet (which makes them so very appealing to babies!) but our personal favourites for baby food are Comice and Anjou pears. Both are deliciously sweet and juicy, with a smooth texture that purees nicely even if the fruit is uncooked . Bosc pears are good too, although the texture is a little firmer – and Bartlett pears are another tasty option!

Just remember that pears need to be ripe in order for their sweetness to be fully developed and for a pleasing, soft texture.”

See our Pear Baby Food Recipes here

Which are YOUR baby’s favourite types of apples and pears? Are there any varieties that he just doesn’t like?

Please leave your comments below!

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6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Carrie May 17, 2008 at 10:30 pm -

    I use Roman Apples, which cook up very sweet! Yummmmmmmmy!!

  2. Petra May 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm -

    Fuji apples are nice and sweet, too.

  3. Andrea May 20, 2008 at 11:42 am -

    I use Rome apples, and my Gracie loves them. They are also pink after being pureed.

  4. fladberg January 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm -

    your baby hasn’t lived until it has had a concord pear. so sweet. so juicy. nice soft texture.

  5. ashwini March 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm -

    I started apples for my 6 month old by making apple sauce out of fuji apples. She hates it and makes faces and purses her lips. Time to try another type may be!

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