Valley Bounty: Savory Apples

Thanks to cold storage technology and varieties grown specifically for long winters, an apple a day isn’t just for the fall picking season. Local apples will be available for several more months, so try fun and flavorful pairings! Apple and rosemary are a delicious but out-of-the-ordinary combination, either in a tart or baked with chicken. Try an apple salad with sunchokes (Jerusalem artichoke) and fennel, or consider a pizza topped with apples, spinach, and gouda. Find local apples, and recipes to excite your cold cellars on this Valley Bounty page.

By Abby Getman of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA).


Find local apples at winter farmers’ markets and local retailers.


This spinach, apple, dried tomato and gouda pizza offers a great blend of local winter flavors from Meggin Thwing Eastman of the Happy Valley Locavore.

Sunchoke, fennel and apple salad from Saveur.

Here are a couple of variations on an Apple Rosemary Pie—a tart from the Splendid Table, and lovely little hand pies from Design Love Fest.

There are lots of ways to bake chicken, apples, and rosemary, too, but I like this one from Greenlitebites because it uses a whole bird and some other winter staples, potato and sweet potato.

If all you really want is a traditional apple pie—but you’d like a new twist—local author Susie Chang offers a few options in her recent apple cookbook review for the Boston Globe.