Best Spices for Apples (Plus Recipe Ideas)

by | Feb 2, 2024

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Apples are a versatile and beloved fruit and a canvas for spices! Whether you’re baking a classic apple pie or spicing up a homemade cider, the right combination of spices can elevate your dish from good to unforgettable. This post explores the best spices from Pinch Spice Market that can transform your apple dishes, from pies to ciders.

Organic Spices Great for Apples

Cinnamon – The Classic Choice

A staple in apple cuisine, cinnamon adds warmth and sweetness. Pinch’s Organic Saigon Cinnamon is a top pick for its intense aroma and flavor. Also consider Ceylon “True” Organic Cinnamon Powder – a classic choice for apples, cinnamon adds warmth and sweetness. Ideal for apple pies and crumbles.

Nutmeg – A Hint of Spice

Nutmeg’s subtle, spicy-sweet flavor complements apples beautifully. Try Pinch’s whole organic nutmeg and shave it down on a microplane grater for a fresh, potent taste. We also lush, organic nutmeg powder.  Nutmeg adds depth and nuttiness to your apple dishes, and works well in small quantities.

Ginger – Zesty and Warm

Ginger adds a zesty kick to apple dishes. Pinch’s organic ginger powder is perfect for a spicy twist.

Allspice – Complex and Fragrant

With its blend of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg notes, allspice is ideal for deepening apple flavors. Explore whole organic allspice berries for an authentic taste. Gently crush the berries to release their flavors before adding them to apple dishes, such as pies or ciders. The berries can be used whole in a spice bag for easy removal or ground if they are to be left in the dish.

Cardamom – Aromatic and Exotic

Cardamom imparts a unique, slightly sweet flavor. Incorporate whole cardamom pods from Pinch for an exotic touch. Crack the pods open to expose the seeds within, then grind and sprinkle into the recipe. The pods can also be simmered in sauces or ciders for an aromatic infusion.

Cloves Whole – Deep and Rich

Whole organic cloves add a strong, pungent flavor to baked apples and cider. Press the cloves into the flesh of an apple before baking to release its intense flavor into the fruit as it cooks. Whole cloves can also be added to ciders or sauces in a spice bag or infuser to allow for easy removal before serving.

Apple Spice Blends

Apple Recipe Ideas

Enhancing apples with the right spices can elevate your dishes to new culinary heights.These versatile apple recipes would pair wonderfully with the spices listed:

  • Spiced Apple Cider: This recipe would be great with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The aromatic blend of these spices creates a warm, inviting flavor that is perfect for chilly days.
  • Apple Cardamom Crumble: This dessert would beautifully showcase cardamom and ginger. Baked until the apples are tender and the topping is golden, this crumble is a delightful treat. Or, add peaches and have this Apple Peach Almond Crumble.
  • Keep it deliciously traditional with Grandma’s Apple Pie.

Adjust the spice levels according to your taste to showcase the unique flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cardamom with apples. Explore these and more at Pinch Spice Market for the best quality spices. Happy spicing!


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